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Classification of Knowledge in Islam: A Study in Islamic
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Classification of Knowledge in Islam: A Study in Islamic

Classification of Knowledge in Islam : A Study in Islamic Philosophies of Science
By Osman Bakar Foreword by Seyyed Hussein Nasr
Paper Back 312  Pages 
Published by The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge UK

The classification of knowledge is a recurring theme in Islamic scholarship. Successive generations of Muslim scholars, from al-Kindi in the ninth century to Shah Waliallah of Delhi in the eighteenth century, have devoted considerable efforts to the exposition of this theme. The lives and the ideas of the three thinkers discussed in Classification of Knowledge in Islam - al-Farabi (870-950AD), al-Ghazzali (1058-1111AD) and Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi (1236-1311AD) - cover the pivotal period of Islamic history from the first flourishing of the philosophical sciences to the sacking of Baghdad by the Mongols. In addition, each of these three thinkers was either a founder or an eminent representative of a major intellectual school in Islam. Al-Farabi was the founder and one of the most prominent representatives of the mashsha’i (Peripatetic) school of philosopher-scientists. Al-Ghazzali is still recognised as the most famous theologian/sufi of Islam. Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi represents the ishraqi (Illuminationists) school of philosophy. Prof. Osman Bakar’s Classification of Knowledge in Islam is the first work of its kind in the English language and is based on extensive scholarships and reference to the original texts.

Professor Dato’ Dr Osman Bakar is Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Malaya, Malaysia and an authority on Islamic science. He has published several books both in English and in Malay.

Table of Centents:

Part One: Al-Farabi

1.

The Life, Works and Significance of al-Farabi.

2.

Al-Farabi’s Psychology in its Relation to the Hierarchy of the Sciences.

3.

The Methodological Basis of the Hierarchy of the Sciences.

4.

The Ontological and Ethical Bases of the Hierarchy of the Sciences.

5.

Classification and Description of Linguistic Science and Logic.

6.

Classification and Description of the Philosophical Sciences.

Part Two: Al-Ghazzali

1.

The Life, Works and Significance of al-Ghazzali.

2.

Al-Ghazzali’s Classification of Seekers after Knowledge.

3.

Al-Ghazzali Classification of the Sciences.

Part Three: Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi

1.

The Life, Works and Significance of Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi.

2.

Qutb al-Din’s Classification of the Sciences.

‘This book must be considered as an important contribution to a better understanding of certain significant aspects of classical Islamic thought. The work is also an important contribution to the Islamic philosophy of science...’
From the Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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