"The richness of the contributions, ranging from readily accessible surveys (e.g., Isma'ilis) to in-depth treatments of seminal thinkers (e.g., Avicenna) is staggering--and remarkably even. Perhaps this is due to what must have been a conscious effort to interrelate the offerings without imposing a party-line viewpoint on the contributors: there is clearly no 'intellectual closed shop' here" (from CHOICE review by S. P. Blackburn)
A unique introductory guide to the rich, complex and diverse tradition of Islamic philosophy. Islamic Philosophy A-Z comprises over a hundred concise entries, alphabetically ordered and cross-referenced for easy access. All the essential aspects of Islamic philosophy are covered here: key figures, schools, concepts, topics, and issues. Articles on the Peripatetics, Isma'ilis, Illuminationists, Sufis, kalam theologians and later modern thinkers are supplemented by entries on classical Greek influences as well as Jewish philosophers who lived and worked in the Islamic world. Topical entries cover various issues and key positions in all the major areas of philosophy, making clear why the central problems of Islamic philosophy have been, and remain, matters of rational disputation.This book will prove an indispensable resource to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of this fascinating intellectual tradition. Islamic Philosophy A-Z helps explain how philosophy expresses itself within the Islamic context. Islamic philosophy is not reducible to Islam as a religion or "it has no uniquely "Islamic" essence". Groff uses various sources from schools of theology (Isma'ilis, Sufis, etc), to Greek philosophers. He provides over a hundred concise entries: key figures, schools, concepts, topics, and issues. (from Arab Studies Quarterly review)
Online version of the 2 volume original. Brief, signed entries. Not all entries are biographical--some entries treat concepts in Islamic philosophy, and these tend to be longer. Entries include bibliographies of secondary sources/further reading. Bibliographies not annotated.