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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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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. Youcef Icev rated it really liked it Aug 19, However, apart from his contribution to Aristotelian scholarship, which was avwrroes unmatched until modern times, Averroes has dealt more thoroughly than any other Muslim philosopher with theological questions, including the perennial question of the relation of faith and reason, which became the pivotal issue in the Scholastic disputations of the thirteenth century and beyond in Western Europe.

Put in another way, God’s omnipotence and foreknowledge do not destroy ahd free will. Al-Ghazali, Averroes and the Interpretation of the Qur’an. Feb 18, Catherine rated it fait liked it Shelves: Andd were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Available for the first time in the English language, this is a complete andnnotated translation of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim philosopher,verroes Ibn Rushd.

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Faith and Reason in Islam : Averroes’ Exposition of Religious Arguments (Ibn Rushd)

The question of the duration of the world, which was at the center of Al-Ghazali’s attack on the Muslim Neoplatonists Al-Farabi and Avicenna, and beyond them Aristotle, gives Averroes the opportunity to counter Al-Ghazali’s arguments and reassert Aristotle’s thesis that the world is eternal and indestructible.


He begins by defining philosophy as The investigation of existing entities in so far as they point to the Maker; I mean, in so far as they are made, since existing entities exhibit the Maker. This single location in Australian Capital Territory: For knowledge is consequent on the existence of its object and so is will.

However, this interpretation should not be divulged to the general public, who are not able to fathom its meaning. Home All editions This editionEnglish, Book edition: 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. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

Suitable for scholars and interested readers alike, this unique text proves that today’s disputes between religion, reason and science are not new, but have their roots in the work of philosophers like Averroes, whose effect upon modern thought is fully revealed in this fascinating book.

Averroes has already concluded that the literal meaning of the Koran shows that spiritual phenomena reflect or are reflected in concrete phenomena. Add to this the fact that if we ajd 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.

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Johanneke rated it really liked it Sep 28, His contribution to those disputations is embodied in three theological treatises: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Averroes rejects this argument on the ground that the major premise, the contingency of the world, is purely rhetorical and rests on the repudiation of the universal principle of causality, which entails that the world is causally ordered in a way which manifests the wisdom of its Creator.

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Averroes’ writings on philosophy, jurisprudence, theology, and medicine, which have all survived in Arabic or Hebrew and Latin translations, place him in the forefront of writers on these subjects in the world of medieval Islam and beyond. Sharjeel rated it liked it Apr 16, He argues that Scripture the Koran was meant first and foremost for the common people.

Thus the responsibility for leading people astray is not God’s, but rather their own natures, the external causes operating on them or the two together. What is more, feason Averroes, even the evidence of reason appears to be conflicting, due to the diametrically opposed arguments which can be advanced in support of both free will snd predestination. Would you like us to take another look at this review? That “miracle” in turn proves that the Koran is God’s word, which in turn proves that the God is the Creator and that the creation points to God, just as the Koran says.

Bilal rated it liked it Jul 05, Do We Worship the Same God? Eeason the Western world, he was recognized, as early as the thirteenth century, as the Commentator of Aristotle, contributing thereby to the rediscovery of the Master, after centuries of near-total oblivion in Western Europe.

Suitable both for scholars and interested silam, this unique text proves that today’s disputes Notes Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Separate different tags with a comma.

Tags What are tags? Significantly, Averroes does not give any instances of those prognostications, unlike the majority of the commentators and biographers of the Prophet.