Islamic Philosophy and Rational Tradition (V)- Civic Order and Political Philosophy
MAC eLEARNING | SCHOOL OF TARBIYA
The City: Constitution and The Actualization of Humanity
Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University
The most critical question we encounter: why are we here?
Course-Series on the History and future of Islamic Philosophy – A Foundational, Critical and Comparative Approach.
This lecture series is in partnership with the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies i-rss.org. The project contributes to the reconstruction of Islamic rationalism by explaining the fundamentals and creating a discourse around the following three tracks.
The advent of the term ‘Human Sciences,’ Geisteswissneschaften, in the late 19th century, marked a major transformation in the history of ideas and the taxonomy of sciences. However, the emergence of this body of sciences was equally indicative of a profound crisis in the development of theories of knowledge and sciences in the Enlightenment and the post-Enlightenment eras as Wilhelm Dilthey, the leading German philosopher and one of the first to coin the term Geisteswissneschaften, and later the French philosopher Michel Foucault remarked. If this is the case and if the human sciences have become a key source for interpreting and treating most ethical, social and political problems by individuals, civil society and even governments across the world, what perspective do the Islamic sciences have to offer on such body of sciences? Could this perspective be merely a product of superficial reconciliations between classical Islamic concepts and contemporary ones as most scholars of Islam in the last century have been attempting? Or does the body of the Islamic rational sciences especially as it matured from the late 13th to the late 18th centuries offer a radically new perspective on the crisis that led to the emergence of human sciences and hence furnish a completely different foundation for a new system of humanities? This course will respond to these central questions.
- Unit 1 – political philosophy between Plato and Aristotle
- Unit 2 – The political subject and the constitution of the city
- Unit 3 – the political subject and the constitution of the city II
- Unit 4 – Governance and Sovereignty
- Unit 5 – Governance and Sovereignty II
- Unit 6 – Modern epistemology and the troubled birth of the modern state and its paradox
- Unit 7 – The modern state, the claims of reason and the paradox of sovereignty
- Unit 8 – 20th century critiques of the modern state
- Unit 9 – The political birth of Islamic philosophy and rational theology: preliminary remarks
- Unit 10 – Abū al-Ma‘ālī al-Juwaynī as a case study
- Unit 11 – From al-Fārābī to Averroes
- Unit 12 – Conclusion
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