Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Last Update June 23, 2022
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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Department of Religion, Syracuse University


Why is it important to study Islamic philosophy and to actually reconstruct Islamic philosophy, especially for the purpose of engaging productively with Western humanities and Western theories of knowledge?

In this regard, the term Western is used here in a very loose sense because Islamic philosophy is in one way or another a part of the Western tradition and it constituted a big part of it. Philosophy is the rational concern with all the rational interest and investigation of fundamental questions concerning human practice and knowledge.

Dr. Meguid discusses and focuses on bringing to light what lurked in the darkness or was hidden in the concerns that led certain philosophers to provide certain answers or give particular definitions or ideas about the fundamental concepts of philosophy. This is how Dr. Meguid approaches Islamic philosophy while still being very loyal to the text and the philosophical treatise produced by Muslim philosophical theologians also known as Mutakallimun or as Mystical Philosophers.


3 Lessons25m 39s

Unit 1 – Philosophical Thinking and Human Interests?

Unit 2 – What Is Islamic Philosophy? (Part 1)

Unit 3 – What Is Islamic Philosophy? (Part 2)

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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid

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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid has been an Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University since 2011. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same year. His areas of specialization include the history of philosophy and philosophy of religion with a special focus on late 18th, 19th and early 20th-century German philosophy, as well as Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism. He has significantly contributed to the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought and has also contributed to other books and articles on Islamic philosophy and political realism. He has received multiple awards and honours including the Fund for Innovative Teaching Award from Emory University in 2011.
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