‘An interesting and wide-ranging text, displaying the clarity of a major modern Islamic thinker and his approach to Islamic sciences.’ Oliver Leaman, Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky
Understanding Islamic Sciences provides an informative introduction to six major disciplines in Islamic studies: theology, mysticism, principles of jurisprudence, jurisprudence, philosophy, and logic. It is a user-friendly guide for readers wishing to know more about Islam’s intellectual heritage but who are averse to the scholastic language and style of technical books on the subject. The work is also an ideal textbook for introductory courses in Islamic Studies.
Each chapter is dedicated to one of the aforementioned Islamic sciences and includes a survey of the historical development of the discipline, biographies of scholars who have made significant contributions to the subject, and explanations of the most important concepts and issues discussed in each discipline. This second edition has been extensively revised and contains a new chapter on logic, a glossary of technical terms, and four indices.
Ayatollah Murtada Mutahhari (1920-1979) was an accomplished scholar of Islamic sciences and is credited with nearly ninety works on a broad range of subjects. He is considered to be one of the leading thinkers of the global Islamic movement in the twentieth century. As a disciple of Ayatollah Khomeini, his ideas played a pivotal role in forming the modern Islamic discourse which served as the foundation of the 1979 Islamic revolution. His views also helped develop an intellectual approach to Islamic teaching and learning in which values such as critical and rational thinking, moral integrity, and freedom of thought and expression are given the utmost prominence.
Author: Ayatollah Murtada Mutahhri