Books of Definition in Islamic Philosophy by Kiki Kennedy-Day
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Books of Definition in Islamic Philosophy

The Limits of Words

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Books of Definition in Islamic Philosophy by Kiki Kennedy-Day

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Islamic Philosophy has unusual origins. Originally a hybrid of Greek philosophy and early Islamic theology, its technical language consisted of a number of words translated from the Greek. This book studies how Islamic philosophers of the ninth century AD, such as al-Kindi, al-Farabi and Ibn Sina, developed an indigenous set of terms and concepts. Their Books of Definition influenced the revision of the Arabic language to incorporate these new fields of knowledge. Books of Definition in Islamic Philosophy: The Limits of Words uses the work of these philosophers as a basis from which a comparison with their Greek precedents is enabled. The book presents a framework for incorporating an Islamic and historically contextualised philosophy into a continuum of world philosophers. At the core of this framework is Ibn Sina's Kitab al-hudud which the author has translated into English and situates it in its correct geopolitical framework. In establishing a historical and literary context for the writing and circulation of Ibn Sina's definitions, the book breaks new ground in the integration of Islamic philosophy within a general history of philosophies. This fascinating and comprehensive study will be of interest to scholars and postgraduate students of Islamic Philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780700717231
ISBN-10: 0700717234
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kiki Kennedy-Day

Kiki Kennedy-Day focuses on the philosophical writings of Ibn Sina. Kennedy-Day has a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has taught philosophy and religion at various New York universities and at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her current work focuses on connections among Islamic, Greek and Scholastic philosophy.

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