Philosophy in the Islamic World

Volume 1: 8th-10th Centuries


Philosophy in the Islamic World is a comprehensive and unprecedented four-volume reference work devoted to the history of philosophy in the realms of Islam, from its beginnings in the eighth century AD down to modern times. In the period covered by this first volume (eighth to tenth centuries), philosophy began to blossom thanks to the translation of Greek scientific works into Arabic and the emergence of autochthonous intellectual traditions within Islam. Both major and minor figures of the period are covered, giving details of biography and doctrine, as well as detailed lists and summaries of each author’s works. This is the English version of the relevant volume of the Ueberweg, the most authoritative German reference work on the history of philosophy ( Philosophie in der Islamischen Welt Band I: 8.–10. Jahrhundert., Basel: Schwabe, 2012).

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Ulrich Rudolph is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Zürich. His primary areas of interest are the history of philosophy in the Islamic world and Islamic theology. He has published numerous monographs and articles in these fields, including Die Doxographie des Pseudo-Ammonios, Occasionalismus: Theorien der Kausalität im arabischen-islamischen und im lateinischen Denken (co-authored with Dominik Perler) and Al-Māturīdī und die sunnitische Theologie in Samarkand, the latter being translated into several languages. He is the editor of the German original of the work published here in English, entitled Philosophie in der islamischen Welt: 8.-10. Jahrhundert.
Rotraud Hansberger (D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, LMU Munich. Her main areas of research are the Graeco-Arabic transmission and medieval Arabic philosophy, with a particular focus on philosophical psychology.
Peter Adamson is Professor of Late Antique and Islamic Philosophy at LMU Munich. His primary areas of interest are in late ancient philosophy and Arabic philosophy. He has written monographs on the Arabic version of Plotinus, the so-called “Theology of Aristotle,” and on al-Kindi. He has devoted articles to many figures of the Greek and Arabic traditions, and edited and co-edited numerous books, including The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, and Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essaysfor Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of the book series A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, with Oxford University Press.

Contributors: Peter Adamson, Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt, Hans Daiber, Daniel De Smet, Gerhard Endress, Cleophea Ferrari, Dimitri Gutas, Paraskevi Kotzia, Eva Orthmann, Ulrich Rudolph, Elvira Wakelnig.
"Within a short time, Philosophy in the Islamic World is acknowledged as one of the most important resources for the study of all aspects of Islam’s intellectual history. Rotraud Hansberger produced a superb English translation of the German original. The work's comprehensive approach to the subject together with the competence of many experts makes it indispensable for any future study on philosophy in Islam." - Frank Griffel, Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University

"Auch wenn Band 3 noch nicht vorliegt, ist bereits jetzt gewiss, dass die Reihe «Philosophie in der islamischen Welt» weit mehr leistet als ein «normales» wissenschaftliches Handbuch: Die Grundlagenarbeit macht die Bände zu unentbehrlichen Standardwerken. Ein Beleg für die grosse Bedeutung des Projekts für die Islamwissenschaft ist auch, dass alle Bände nach der Publikation umgehend auf Englisch übersetzt werden." - Philipp Hufschmid, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung,17.08.2022.
Anyone doing serious research on philosophy in the Islamic world – pretty well any specialist will need a copy, and graduate students will also need to consult it. As a reference work it will also be a natural acquisition for libraries.
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