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Author Heck, Paul L., author.

Title Skepticism in classical Islam : moments of confusion / Paul L. Heck
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; N.Y. : Routledge, 2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series Culture and civilization in the Middle East ; 41
Culture and civilisation in the Middle East ; 41
Contents Skepticism in Islam -- Words, words, words -- Baghdad in its beginnings -- Theological controversy -- Theo-political controversy -- Skepticism -- Islam the civilization: Abu 'Uuthman 'Amr al-Jahiz (d. 869) -- Anti-anthropomorphism -- More anti-anthropomorphism -- Skepticism and sufism -- Sufism and the legacy of confusion -- Christians as source of confusion -- -- A world without words -- Baghdad beyond beliefs -- The philosophy of rule -- Philosophy as arbiter of beliefs -- Skeptical confusion reconfigured -- Skepticism defined -- The brethren of purity: one response to the equivalence of evidence -- Abu l-Hasan al-'Amiri (d. 992): another response to the equivalence of evidence -- Truths beyond words, truths beyond ideas -- Baghdad bewildered -- Reviver of Islam: Abu Ḥamid Muḥammad al-Ghazali (d. 1111) -- The synthesis -- The challenge of Avicenna -- Learned ignorance -- Reasoned reflection on God's creation -- The logic of skepticism -- The logic of prophecy -- Philosophy condemned? -- Philosophical prophecy -- Divine speaking and human thinking in tandem
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Belief and doubt.
Islam -- Doctrines -- History.
Islamic philosophy -- History.
Belief and doubt.
Islam -- Doctrines.
Islamic philosophy.
RELIGION -- Islam -- General.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1134591179