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What Are You Reading…On Islamic Philosophy

There was a time when knowledge from Ancient Greece was studied primarily by the Islamic World. Philosophers like Ibn Rushd (Averroes) and Ibn Sina (Avicenna) wrote about the nature of God, the relationship of thought to substance, motion, cause, and a whole host of other topics. The ideas developed during this era helped math, science, history, philosophy, and many other disciplines to progress.

There is an unfortunate tendency by many to consider this period unimportant to the present except as a historical event. This is not to say that they didn’t produce useful knowledge, but that we’ve retained everything of value already. According to this argument, there is no point in studying this era currently since what the scholars of that era innovated is already a part of our wisdom. With respect, I think this is a mistake. Returning to the past regularly is a healthy way of critiquing the present and finding new possibilities for innovation. Here are some works that do this successfully.


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