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PHH 3230: Islamic Philosophy

Course Description for Islamic Philosophy

PHH3230: Islamic Philosophy

Description: This course provides an introduction to the historical birth of Islam and some of the philosophical issues it addresses, both in its history and in contemporary times. This course covers the revealing of the Qur’an and the development of sources of authority within the tradition as well as the way those resources are used to answer questions in Islamic law, theology, philosophy, and mysticism. Through thinkers such as Ibn al-Arabi, al-Ghazali, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes), we will cover problems that remain pertinent into the medieval period and beyond: How does determinism influence ethical blame? How do universal laws and particular cases relate? What is the proper relationship between reason, knowledge, and revelation?