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Alfarabi and the foundation of Islamic political philosophy

Author: Muhsin Mahdi
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.
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"In this work, Muhsin Mahdi distills more than four decades of research to offer an authoritative analysis of the work of Alfarabi, the founder of Islamic political philosophy. Mahdi, whose research brought to light writings of Alfarabi previously known only through medieval bibliographical references, presents this great thinker as his contemporaries and followers would have seen him: as a philosopher who sought to  Read more...
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Named Person: Fārābī; Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Fārābī; Fārābī; Fārābī; Fārābī; Fārābī.; Abū-Naṣr Muḥammad Ibn-Muḥammad al- Farābī; Alfarabi.; Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Abū Naṣr al- Farābī; Abū-Naṣr Muḥammad Ibn-Muḥammad al- Farābī
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Muhsin Mahdi
ISBN: 0226501868 9780226501864
OCLC Number: 45620851
Description: xvii, 264 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Charles E. Butterworth --
pt. 1. Orientation: Philosophy, Jurisprudence, and Theology. 1. The Political Orientation of Islamic Philosophy. 2. Philosophy and Political Thought. 3. The Foundation of Islamic Philosophy --
pt. 2. The Virtuous City. 4. Science, Philosophy, and Religion. 5. Political Philosophy and Religion. 6. The Virtuous City. 7. Prophecy and Revelation --
pt. 3. On the Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. 8. The Attainment of Happiness. 9. On Aristotle's Starting Point. 10. On Philosophy and Religion. 11. Religion and the Cyclical View of History.
Responsibility: Muhsin S. Mahdi ; with a foreword by Charles E. Butterworth.
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"In this work, Muhsin Mahdi distills more than four decades of research to offer an authoritative analysis of the work of Alfarabi, the founder of Islamic political philosophy. Mahdi, whose research brought to light writings of Alfarabi previously known only through medieval bibliographical references, presents this great thinker as his contemporaries and followers would have seen him: as a philosopher who sought to lay the foundations for a new understanding of revealed religion and its relation to the tradition of political philosophy." "Mahdi begins with a survey of Islamic philosophy and a discussion of its historical background. He then gives a general sense of the philosophical debate, or an introduction, to the interrelated spheres of philosophy, political thought, theology, and jurisprudence within Islam and, more particularly, within medieval Islam at the time of Alfarabi. Mahdi turns to Alfarabi's concept of "the virtuous city" in the second part of the book. Here, philosophy is distinguished from science on the one hand and religion on the other. Mahdi concludes with an examination of the work that is key to understanding Alfarabi's political thought, the trilogy known as the Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle." "An philosophical engagement with the writings of and about this great thinker, Alfarabi and the Foundation of Islami Political Philosophy is essential reading for anyone interested in medieval political philosophy."--Jacket.

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