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Author Watt, W. Montgomery (William Montgomery)

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 vii, 175 pages ; 23 cm
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 "First published in 1962 and substantially extended for its second edition in 1985, Wattâs âIslamic Philosophy and Theologyâ is widely recognised as the standard general account in English. Now re-issued in the new Islamic Surveys format, it is available for another generation of students and scholars. Watt takes the reader through the development of philosophy and theology in Islam from the Umayyad period to modern Islamic philosophy. He shows how medieval Islam assimilated Greek thought, particularly Aristotelian logic, in its early stages, and traces the development of Islamic philosophy to the early middle ages. He then examines the elaboration of Shiâism and the supposed stagnation of Islamic thought from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. W. Montgomery Watt is Professor Emeritus of Arabic at Edinburgh University, and author of many works on Islamic history, philosophy and culture, including âIslamic Creedsâ, âIntroduction to the Qurâanâ, âIslamic Political Thoughtâ, âThe Influence of Islam on Medieval Europeâ, and âA History of Islamic Spainâ." -- BOOK JACKET
Analysis Islamic doctrine
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 164-166
Subject Islam -- Doctrines -- History.
Islam -- Doctrines.
Islamic philosophy.
LC no. 85199504
ISBN 0748607498 (paperback)
0852245521 (paperback)