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Leaman, Oliver 1950-

Works: 82 works in 618 publications in 6 languages and 27,337 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  History  Dictionaries  Reference works  Catalogs  Biography‡vDictionaries  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terminology  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, Author of introduction
Classifications: B741, 181.07
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Most widely held works by Oliver Leaman
History of Islamic philosophy by Peter S Groff( Book )

80 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islamic Philosophy has often been treated as mainly of historical interest, belonging to the history of ideas rather than to philosophy. This is volume challenges this belief. The Routledge History of Philosophy is made up entirely of essays by a distinguished list of writers. They provide detailed discussions of the most important thinkers and the key concepts in Islamic philosophy, from earliest times to the present day
An introduction to medieval Islamic philosophy by Oliver Leaman( Book )

47 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an introduction to debates in philosophy within the medieval Islamic world. It discusses a number of themes which were controversial within the philosophical community of that period: the creation of the world out of nothing, immortality, resurrection, the nature of ethics, and the relationship between natural and religious law. The author provides an account of the arguments of Farabi, Avicenna, Ghazali, Averroes and Maimonides on these and related topics. His argument takes into account the significance of the conflict between faith and reason, religion and philosophy. The book sets out to show how interesting these philosophical debates are, and criticizes the view that these arguments are of no more than historical interest. -- Back cover
Encyclopedia of death and dying( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent years there has been a massive upsurge in academic, professional and lay interest in mortality, an interest reflected in the burgeoning academic and professional literature, in the popular media, and in the proliferation of professional roles and training courses associated with aspects of death and dying." "Despite its all-prevading significance, however, the majority of reference material on death and dying has been designed for particular disciplinary audiences and has addressed only specific academic or professional concerns. There has been an urgent need for an authoritative but accessible reference work reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field." "Consolidating and contextualizing the disparate research that has been carried out to date, the Encyclopedia of Death and Dying explores and explains the phenomena of death and dying and related concepts from the varied approaches of disciplines and related professions in the arts, social sciences, humanities, medicine and the sciences." "In addition to scholars and students in the field, the Encyclopedia will be of interest to professionals and practitioners whose work brings them into contact with dying, dead and bereaved people. The definitive death and dying reference source, it is an essential tool for teaching, research and independent study."--Jacket
The Qurʼan : an encyclopedia by Oliver Leaman( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Authored by 43 international experts, the objective of The Qur'an: an Encyclopedia is to present this diversity of thought, approach and school in order to give a strong appreciation of the range of response that the text has provoked throughout its history. It provides students and researchers with a powerful one-volume resource covering all aspects of the text and its reception." "The volume assumes no previous knowledge of the Qur'an, Islam or Arabic, Technical terms are explained in the text itself and the style of each entry is designed to be as self-contained as possible. Entries are cross-referenced and many include a brief bibliography. At the end of the work there is a substantial annotated bibliography providing a detailed guide to the most significant books, journals and articles in Qur'anic studies. Three comprehensive indexes are included."--Jacket
A brief introduction to Islamic philosophy by Oliver Leaman( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since the growth of Islam as a religious and political movement, Muslim thinkers have sought to understand the theoretical aspects of their faith by using philosophical concepts. In this text, the author outlines this history and demonstrates that, although the development of Islamic philosophy is closely linked with Islam itself, its form is not essentially connected to religion, and its leading ideas and arguments are of general philosophical significance. The author illustrates the importance of Islamic thought within philosophy through the use of many modern examples. He describes and contrasts the three main movements in Islamic philosophy--Peripatetic, Sufi and Illuminationist--and examines the Persian as well as the Arabic traditions. Coverage is given to key aspects of Islamic philosophy, including epistemology, ontology, politics, ethics, and philosophy of language, providing readers with a full and rounded view of the discipline. This book will be for second-year undergraduates and above in philosophy, religious studies and Islamic studies and also to the lay reader concerned with philosophical and religious issues
Encyclopedia of Asian philosophy by Oliver Leaman( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Incorporating cultural and religious contexts, this unique Encyclopedia provides a vital guide to the main concepts and thinkers in Asian philosophy - starting with Abhidharma and ending with Zurvan. The main philosophical trends and thinkers in each geographical area are featured, with an emphasis on endtemporary developments and movements. The A-Z structured encyclopedia emphasizes that Asian philosophy is not merely an ancient form of thought but that it is a living philosophy, with roots in the past, and also a potent and animate presence today. This translates into the reciprocal exc
Key concepts in Eastern philosophy by Oliver Leaman( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Japanese and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An extensive glossary of the main terms and concepts used in Eastern philosophy. including concepts from: Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Concucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, & Buddhism."
Averroes and his philosophy by Oliver Leaman( Book )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite his important stature in the history of philosophy, Averroes is a thinker whose work has been left largely unexplored in this century. It is the aim of this book to rectify this omission, and to argue that his philosophical output is of considerable philosophical as well as historical significance
The Cambridge companion to medieval Jewish philosophy by Daniel H Frank( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the ninth to the fifteenth centuries Jewish thinkers living in Islamic and Christian lands philosophized about Judaism. Influenced first by Islamic theological speculation and the great philosophers of classical antiquity, and then in the late medieval period by Christian Scholasticism, Jewish philosophers and scientists reflected on the nature of language about God, the scope and limits of human understanding, the eternity or createdness of the world, prophecy and divine providence, the possibility of human freedom, and the relationship between divine and human law. Though many viewed philosophy as a dangerous threat, others incorporated it into their understanding of what it is to be a Jew. This Companion presents all the major Jewish thinkers of the period, the philosophical and non-philosophical contexts of their thought, and the interactions between Jewish and non-Jewish philosophers. It is a comprehensive introduction to a vital period of Jewish intellectual history
History of Jewish philosophy by Daniel H Frank( Book )

29 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There exists a particularly rich tradition of Jewish philosophy, and this volume presents a view of the field as a whole. The contributors deal with the major thoughts and controversies, from philosophical interpretations of the Bible right up to the contemporary Jewish feminist and postmodern thought
Moses Maimonides by Oliver Leaman( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses Maimonides (1135--1204) is recognized both as a leading Jewish thinker and as one of the most radical philosophers of the Islamic world. The study reveals the significance of Maimonides to contemporary philosophical and theological problems
Evil and suffering in Jewish philosophy by Oliver Leaman( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He explores these issues through an analysis of the views of Philo, Saadya, Maimonides, Gersonides, Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Buber, Rosenzweig, and post-Holocaust thinkers, and suggests that a discussion of evil and suffering is really a discussion about our relationship with God. The Book of Job is thus both the point of departure and the point of return
Companion encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African film by Oliver Leaman( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Companion Encyclopedia will be an invaluable reference tool for students and scholars of film, as well as those involved in Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies. The book contains more than 60 black and white photographs of featured films, references and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, and the volume concludes with comprehensive name, film and general indexes."--Jacket
Islamic aesthetics : an introduction by Oliver Leaman( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Turkish and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is often argued that a very special sort of consciousness went into creating Islamic art, that it is very different from other forms of art, that Muslims are not allowed to portray human beings in their art, and that calligraphy is the supreme Islamic art form. Oliver Leaman challenges all these ideas, showing them to be misguided. Instead he suggests that the sort of criteria we should apply to Islamic art are identical to the criteria applicable to art in general, and that the attempt to put Islamic art into a special category is a result of orientalism." [Publisher's description]
The biographical encyclopedia of Islamic philosophy( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There has been a long tradition of interest in philosophy in the Islamic world and these volumes represent the lives of some of the major figures within this field, including significant legal and political thinkers, theologians and geographers, with all the traditions of Islamic philosophy represented
The future of philosophy : towards the twenty-first century by Oliver Leaman( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where is philosophy going? Are we entering a post-philosophy millenium? This text provides the notion of what the future of philosophy is as a crucial concept, since it allows us to sepculate not only on the future, but also on the past. Written by international scholars, these essays consider a variety of issues, from ethics to mind, language to feminist thought, postmodernism to religion: the future of philosophy; the history of ancient philosophy; the history of modern philosophy; ethics; political philosophy; philosophy of the postmodern; applied philosophy at the turn of the millenium; feminist philosophy; philosophy of religion; philosophy of language; and philosophy of mind. For those curious to explore the intellectual themes of the future, this book should be an insightful read
Eastern philosophy: key readings by Oliver Leaman( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through key readings from primary and secondary sources, this book guides the reader through the principle features of the remarkable range of eastern thought - including Buddhist, Confucian, Hindu, Islamic, Shinto and Zoroastrian
Islam : the key concepts by Kecia Ali( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islam: The Key Concepts is a clear and concise guide to the religion and culture of Islam. Kecia Ali and Oliver Leaman explore this highly topical subject focusing on key issues including: the Quran, faith, theology, gender, fundamentalism, martyrdom, Jihad, Islam in America, Islam in Europe and Islamic Law. This is the ideal study resource and includes a comprehensive introduction, an alphabetical list of relevant terms (fully cross-referenced), a short bibliographical guide and index. A glossary of all non-English terms is also provided
Jewish thought : an introduction by Oliver Leaman( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fresh and contemporary introduction to the Jewish faith, its philosophies and worldviews, explores debates which have preoccupied Jewish thinkers over the centuries and examines their continuing influence in contemporary Judaism. Written by Oliver Leaman, a leading figure in the field, the book surveys the central controversies in Judaism, including the protracted arguments within the religion itself. Topics range from the relations between Judaism and other religions, such as Islam and Christianity, to contemporary issues such as sex, gender and modernity. Central themes such as authority and obedience, the relations between Jewish and Greek thought, and the position and status of the State of Israel are also considered. The debates are further illustrated by reference to the Bible, as a profoundly realistic text in describing the long interaction between the Jews, their ancestors and God, as well as discussions about major thinkers, and passages from the ancient texts: The Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash. Oliver Leaman's lively approach and light touch makes Jewish Thought ideal reading for anyone who wants to understand more about the Jewish faith and its outlook, past and present
Judaism : an introduction by Oliver Leaman( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Judaism is a story of paradox. It is the story of how a small cluster of desert tribes gave birth to a monotheistic doctrine that profoundly shaped the history of human civilization. It is the story of how that initially obscure desert doctrine came to be codified into the Hebrew Bible, one of the world's greatest works of literature. It is the story of how a small minority came to be viewed by the majority as disproportionately powerful and, following pogrom and Holocaust, were driven to the edge of extinction. And it is the story of how a displaced people, globally dispersed thr
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Leaman, Oliver 1950-...

Leaman, Oliver Norbert Harold 1950-

Oliver Leaman American philosopher

Oliver Leaman britischer Philosoph und Judaist

Oliver Leaman Brits Judaïst

أوليفر ليمان، 1950-

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An introduction to medieval Islamic philosophyEncyclopedia of death and dyingThe Qurʼan : an encyclopediaA brief introduction to Islamic philosophyEncyclopedia of Asian philosophyKey concepts in Eastern philosophyAverroes and his philosophyThe Cambridge companion to medieval Jewish philosophy