Book Series Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, vol. 8

Avicenna and his Legacy

A Golden Age of Science and Philosophy

Y. Tzvi Langermann (ed)

  • Pages: xvi + 381 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:5 b/w, 20 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2010

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-52753-6
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Readers interested in the history of science and philosophy will enjoy this collection on the Islamic thinker Avicenna, whose work and influence remain understudied, even though the legacy has rightly been characterized as a Golden Age of science and philosophy.


The centuries immediately following upon the monumental achievements of Avicenna (d. 1036) have been rightly characterized as a golden age of science and philosophy. Generation after generation scrutinized the Avicennan legacy, explicating and expanding upon the wealth of writings left by the master. Critical thinking in logic and astronomy, medicine and metaphysics spurred many new developments. This volume presents seventeen essays on Avicenna, his followers and his critics, many of whom are just now being introduced to western scholarship. The contributors to Avicenna and his Legacy include both established scholars as well as some of the best of the new generation.





 Avicenna’s Immediate Disciples: Their Lives and Works - AHMED H. AL-RAHIM

 Al-Ghazâlî ’s Cosmology in the Veil Section of his Mishkâ t al-Anwâr - FRANK GRIFFEL

 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Falsafa: Al-Ghazâlî ’s Madnûn, Tahâfut, and Maqâsid, with Particular Attention to their Falsafî Treatments of God’s Knowledge of Temporal Events - M. AFIFI AL-AKITI

 Ibn al-‘Arabî ’s Attitude toward al-Ghazâlî - BINYAMIN ABRAHAMOV

 The al-Ghazâlî Conspiracy: Reflections on the Inter-Mediterranean Dimension of Islamic Intellectual History - ANNA AKASOY

 The Chapter ‘On Existence and Non-existence’ of Ibn Kammûna’s al-Jadîd fî l-Hikma: Trends and Sources in an Author’s Shaping the Exegetical Tradition of al-Suhrawardî ’s Ontology - HEIDRUN EICHNER

 Ibn Kammûna (d. 683/1284) on the Argument of the Flying Man in Avicenna’s Ishâr ât and al-Suhrawardî’s Talwîhât - LUKAS MUEHLETHALER

 Al-Âmidî’s Reception of Ibn Sînâ: Reading Al-Nûr al-Bâhir fî al-Hikam al-Zawâ hir - SYAMSUDDIN ARIF

 The Virtuous Son of the Rational: A Traditionalist’s Response to the Falâsifa - NAHYAN FANCY

 Existence Deriving from ‘the Existent’: Mulla Sadra with Ibn Sînâ and Suhraward î - DAVID B. BURRELL

 Arabic Logicians on Perfect and Imperfect Syllogisms: A Supplement to Patzig’s ‘Historical Excursus’ - ROBERT WISNOVSKY

 Avicenna: Providence and God’s Knowledge of Particulars - S. NUSSEIBEH

 Is Medicine an ‘ilm? A Preliminary Note on Qutb al-Dîn al-Shîrâzî ’s al-Tuhfa al-sa‘diyya (MS Sehid ‘Ali Pesa 2047) - LEIGH N. CHIPMAN

 The Khilâs kayfiyyat tarkîb al-aflâk of al-Jûzjânî: A Preliminary Description of its Avicennian Themes - F. JAMIL RAGEP

 Falsafa and Astronomy after Avicenna: An Evolving Relationship - ROBERT MORRISON

 Avicenna’s Influence on Jewish Thought: Some Reflections - STEVEN HARVEY

 New Light on Maimonidean Writings on Metempsychosis and the Influence of Avicenna - PAUL B. FENTON

 Index of Names

 Index of Works