Publisher’s Summary: Available for the first time in the English language, this is a complete and annotated translation of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim. The philosopher Averroes’ insistence that religion could be reasoned about and yet remain a valid experience shocked the Islamic world to its core, leading to. The first translation available in English of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim philosopher Averroes, which reveals his controversial views.

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Faith and Reason in Islam Averroes’ Exposition of Religious Arguments

For it rests almost exclusively on the alleged difference between the voluntary movement of the hand, which they call acquired or free, and the compulsory movement of convulsion.

And since the Koran does not set out to mislead people, even the “learned” as opposed to the “common people” can attain wisdom by studying its literal meaning rather than getting lost in their vain speculations.

Floris rated it liked it Jan 16, Those statements, he argues, should not be taken at face value, because they are contradicted by those other verses, such as verse These 2 locations in Victoria: Add to this the fact that if we compare the evil ensuing upon the creation of a certain entity, such as fire, with the parallel good, we will find that the good is definitely preponderant.

Of his predecessors, only Al-Kindi d. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Thirdly, the Qur’an’s literary excellence sets it apart from any product of the pen of the greatest Arab literary masters and cannot for that reason be the product of human deliberation or reflection. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links In order to set up a list of libraries that you have access to, you must first login or sign up.

What is Islamic Philosophy? For example, if a chair-maker acts just like a robot, what would be the result of comparing God to a chair-maker if we are to prove God’s existence from intelligent design?


Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Open Preview See a Problem? The Qur’an itself, however, has asserted repeatedly that God is not unjust to his servants” verses 8: Philosophy in the Islamic World: A Reader on Classical Islam.

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This statement, which is reminiscent of similar statements found in Medieval Scholastic treatises, such as St. The third rule is that interpretation should be properly understood or applied.

The list begins with those propositions that purport to demonstrate the existence of God and his unity. Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait Namely, if God had done that, then comparing God’s creative activity to man’s activity would reduce God into a robot p. Mohammed, an illiterate Bedouin, could produce something as sublime as the Koran p. The result has been that they led the common people astray and contributed to the rise of sectarian strife in Islam.

This single location in Australian Capital Territory: Al-Kindi’s performance in that respect, at least as far as those of his works which have reached us are concerned, pales into insignificance when compared to this determined effort of Averroes to apply the canons of rational discourse to the problematic or ambiguous passages of Scripture.

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Faith and Reason in Islam: Averroes’ Exposition of Religious Arguments

Rutger rated it liked it Dec 27, The crux of this method is the observation that everything in the world is ordered according to a fixed causal pattern which is conducive to serving the universal goal of the existence and well-being of mankind, as the Qur’an itself asserts in a series of verses.


Western Christian philosophers drew inspiration from his interpretation of Aristotle, especially his assertion that reason and philosophy are superior to faith and knowledge founded on faith. Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali. Some have regarded it as spiritual, pertaining to the soul only; others to both soul and body. The first translation available in English of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim philosopher Averroes, which reveals his controversial views about reason, religion, and humankind’s relationship with God.

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Always ship fast, and great books! To this trilogy should be added his systematic rebuttal of Al-Ghazali’s onslaught on Islamic Neoplatonism in the Incoherence of the Philosophers Tahafut al-Falasifahwritten in and entitled the Incoherence of the Incoherence Tahafut al-Tahafut. On proving Gods existence. The line of demarcation between those parts of Scripture which may and those parts which may not be interpreted and should be accepted by the masses or common people at their face value, is clearly drawn by Averroes.

Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries. Have they not considered the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all the things God has created? This single location in New South Wales: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Foundations of Islam and Islamic Thought. Abu Abdelazeez rated it really liked it Oct 21, Not only does Averroes side with the common people. The book closes with a discussion of the rules of interpretation, which rewson been at the center of the first volume or The Decisive Treatise, already discussed.

Averroes does not question the thesis that God is the Creator of both good and evil; he simply argues that this thesis should be properly understood. Paperbackpages. Swelam rated it it was amazing Mar 15, Published June 30th by Oneworld Publications first published January 25th Sara rated it it was amazing Nov 10,