Publisher’s Summary: Available for the first time in the English language, this is a complete and annotated translation of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim. The philosopher Averroes’ insistence that religion could be reasoned about and yet remain a valid experience shocked the Islamic world to its core, leading to. The first translation available in English of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim philosopher Averroes, which reveals his controversial views.

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However, apart from his contribution to Aristotelian scholarship, which was almost unmatched until modern times, Averroes has dealt more thoroughly than any other Muslim philosopher with theological questions, including the perennial question of the relation of faith and reason, which became the pivotal issue in the Scholastic disputations of the thirteenth century and beyond in Western Europe. Thus determinism jabr may be criticized on the ground that it renders religious obligation meaningless and any provision for the morrow, in the expectation of bringing about certain advantages and warding off certain disadvantages, entirely irrational.

And since the Koran does not set out to mislead people, even the “learned” as opposed to the “common people” can attain wisdom by studying its literal meaning rather than getting lost in their vain speculations.

Faith and Reason in Islam: Averroes’ Exposition of Religious Arguments by Ibn Rushd

However, Averroes disagrees with both sects regarding the mode of predicating them of God. Notwithstanding, there has been very little attention to Fajth work in English, although greater interest has been shown in French, since the publication of Ernest Renan’s Averroes et l’averroisme in Please review your cart.


God, as the supreme Knower and Maker, must be capable of speech, and this speech is revealed to mankind through the prophets, either directly or indirectly through the intermediation of angels.

The review must be at least 50 characters long. He wrote a series of summaries and commentaries on Aristotle, Plato’s Republic, as well as attacks on Avicenna’s view of existence. Tags What are tags?

The averdoes translation available in English of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim philosopher Averroes, which reveals his controversial views about reason, religion, and humankind’s relationship with God.

Swelam rated it it was amazing Mar 15, Through dialectic reasoning, he demonstrates the issue of overthinking the Qur’an, but also of taking it too literally. Erica rated it liked it Mar 20, Philosophy in the Islamic World.

Dominic annd it it was amazing Jan 16, Under this rubric, Averroes deals with five questions: His contribution to those disputations is embodied in three theological treatises: Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Login to add to list.

Those statements, he argues, should not be taken at face value, because they are contradicted by those other verses, such as verse Paperbackpages. However, this interpretation should not be divulged to the general public, who are not able to fathom its meaning.

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He pegs his arguments on his main point that there are common annd, on the one hand, and then there are rsason people. For example, if a chair-maker acts just like a robot, what would be the result of comparing God to a chair-maker if we are to prove God’s existence from intelligent design?


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Faith and Reason in Islam Averroes’ Exposition of Religious Arguments

Introduction by Majid Fakhry. This threefold division of mankind is confirmed, according to Averroes, by the Qur’an itself which states in verse These Latin translations early in that century faiith a genuine intellectual stir in learned circles and laid the ground for the rise of Latin Scholasticism, one readon the glories of European thought in the later Averroez Ages.

Philosophy in the Islamic World: Have they not considered the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all the things God has created? Faith and Reason in Islam: Averroes rejects this argument on the ground that the major premise, the contingency of the world, is purely rhetorical and rests on the repudiation of the universal principle of causality, which entails that the world is causally ordered in a way which manifests the wisdom of its Creator.

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Aug 26, Jonathan Widell rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, this thesis, according to him, is far from being demonstrable in a manner accessible to the general public or even skilled logicians. The Religion is Simple Volume 1.

The result has been that they led the common people astray and contributed to the rise of sectarian strife in Islam.