ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY FROM ITS ORIGIN TO THE PRESENT
Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy
This book is the result of nearly fifty years of study and meditation upon philosophy and philosophical issues as seen in light of the realities revealed through prophecy both objective and inward in the form of illumination. Islamic Philosophy offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic philosophy from the ninth century to the present day. Within this tradition, philosophizing is done in a world in which prophecy is the central reality of life— a reality related not only to the realms of action and ethics but also to the realm of knowledge. Nasr presents Islamic philosophy in relation to the Islamic tradition as a whole, but always treats this philosophy as philosophy, not simply as intellectual history. Nasr stresses that the Islamic tradition is a living tradition with significance for the contemporary Islamic world and its relationship with the West. In providing this seminal introduction to a tradition little understood in the West, Nasr also shows readers that Islamic philosophy has much to offer the contemporary world as a whole.
“One of the author’s great gifts is to set down the significance of what is fundamentally at issue in philosophical thinking and to show the relevance of that thinking to the human situation across the board. No one else in the field of Islamic philosophy has such a sweeping vision of what that philosophy has been and is all about, nor is there anyone else who can suggest as clearly why this and kindred traditions are utterly central to us as human beings today.” —William C. Chittick