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Author Watt, W. Montgomery (William Montgomery), author.

Title Islamic philosophy and theology : an extended survey / W. Montgomery Watt
Edition Second edition
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1985
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Description 1 online resource
Contents The Umayyad period and its prelude. The beginnings of sectarianism ; The Khārijites ; The early Shīʻtes ; The general religious movement ; God's determination of events -- The first wave of Hellenism. Politics and theology under the ʻAbbāsids ; The attraction of Greek thought ; The Muʻtazilites ; The polarization of Sunnism and Shīʻism ; Al-Ashʻarī -- The second wave of Hellenism. The flowering of philosophy ; The progress of Ashʻarite theology ; Al-Ghazālī and later Ashʻarites ; Other Sunnite theologians, 950-1250 ; Theology and philosophy in the Islamic west ; The elaboration of Shīʻte theology -- The later Islamic middle ages, 1250-1850. The stagnation of philosophical theology ; The vitality of the Ḥanbalites ; The transformation of Shīʻism -- The modern period. The theological response to the impact of the west
Summary "This is the standard general account in English of Islamic philosophy and theology. It takes the reader from the religio-political sects of the Kharijites and the Shiites through to the assimilation of Greek thought in the medieval period, and onto the early modern period. Watt concludes with an analysis of Western influences on modern Islamic theology."--Publisher's description
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 01, 2021)
Subject Islam -- Doctrines -- History.
Islamic philosophy.
Philosophy, Islamic
Islam -- Doctrines.
Islamic philosophy.
RELIGION -- Islam -- Theology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0748673911