Muslim Philosophical Traditions

Subject 110-483 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Taught intensively between 16 - 22 July 2008
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Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Islamic Studies (coursework and minor thesis), Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies, or permission of the coordinator
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Dr M Kamal
Subject Overview:

This subject will focus on the rich heritage of Muslim philosophy, especially in metaphysics, epistemology and logic. It will survey the development of Islamic philosophy, from the period of translation in the Abbasid era till present. Students will study and critically evaluate key features and contributions of prominent schools of Muslim philosophy. Primary sources will be studied, including selected writings of major philosophers such as al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, al-Razi, Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Rushd, al-Ghazali, al-Tusi, Suhrawardi and Mulla Sadra. Selected modern Muslim philosophers will follow, with an added focus on their concerns about the influence of Western philosophers and intellectuals on Muslim thought.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words 100% due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: Material supplied by the Institute
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • analyse and comment upon complex intellectual phenomena;

  • present analytical research as structured written arguments;

  • recognize the plurality of global intellectual and cultural traditions and their commonalities.


Previously available as 110-559 Muslim Philosophical Traditions. Students who have completed 110-559 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Subject will be taught intensively between 16th and 22nd July 2008.

Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)

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