On the Harmony of Religion: A Translation with Introduction and Notes of Ibn Rushd's Kitab Fasl Al-maqal with its Appendix, (Damima) and an Extract from Kitab Al-kashf 'an Manahij Al-adilla - E.J.W.Gibb Memorial Lecture 21 (Paperback)

by Averroes, George F. Hourani

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The Spanish philosopher Ibn Rushd's Fasl al-Maqal was written before 1180, predating Averroes' Tahafut al-Tahafut, and like the latter is concerned with defending philosophy against the attack of Ghazali. Largely a retort to the latter's Faisal al-tafriqa, its main argument is that Islamic law does not prohibit the study of philosophy but rather makes it a duty, if only for those with the necessary capacity. A long introduction discusses the author and his book. The translation is based on George Hourani's edition of the text.

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