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
The Life, Works and Significance of al-Farabi.
Al-Farabi’s Psychology in its Relation
to the Hierarchy of the Sciences.
The Methodological Basis of the Hierarchy
of the Sciences.
The Ontological and Ethical Bases of the
Hierarchy of the Sciences.
Classification and Description of
Linguistic Science and Logic.
Classification and Description of the
Part Two: Al-Ghazzali
The Life, Works and Significance of al-Ghazzali.
Al-Ghazzali’s Classification of Seekers
Al-Ghazzali Classification of the
Part Three: Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi
The Life, Works and Significance of Qutb
Qutb al-Din’s Classification of the
‘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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