PHY 208 :  Medieval Islamic Philosophy



Student is made aware of the scope and nature of medieval and Islamic philosophy. The synthesis between Hellenistic thought and Christian faith.  An examination of the major contributions of Islamic thinkers to the sphere of philosophy.  Coexistence between Greek love of wisdom and the philosophical categories developed by Muslim philosophers.


Course content:


The sources and aims of medieval Philosophy

Hellenistic thought and Christian and Judaic faith

The age of St.Augustime, St. Anselem and Aquinas

Economics, Politics and Religion, Science Vs Religion

The beginning of Islamic Philosophy

Helenism and Islamic Philosophy

Coeistence between Greek Philosophy the philosophical categories developed by Muslim philosophers such as:  Al-Kindi,  Al-Farabi,  Ibnu-Sina,  Ibn  Al-Haitham, Al-Ghazali and Ibnu Khaldun



Recommended Reading


  1. Schmitt, C.B., Skinner, Q., The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  2. Evans, G.R., Philosophy and Theology in the middle Ages, London, 1993.
  3. Mayer, F.A., A History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Newyork, 1950.
  4. De Boer, T.J., The History/ Philosophy in Islam, London 1967.
  5. Sharif, M.M.(Ed), A History of Muslllim Philosophy, 2 vols, Wiesbaden Otto Harrassowitz, 1963