The Premier Islamic Philosophy Site dedicated to the study of the philosophical output of the Muslim world.
Site was started in July 2001 and since then we are still a major site dedicated to the study of Islamic Philosophy from Abbasid period to the present. Our definition what Islamic philosophy is very loose. Basically it is works on philosophy that came from the Muslim world, being lands where Muslims are a majority. This would include philosophy written in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Malay and any other language that Muslim utilize. This would also include Western languages such as Latin, French, German, Spanish and English.
All the philosophers Arab or Muslims? No, A majority of these philosophers are not of Arab origin or descent, for their ancestry is superfluous, but their main output (written corpus) is in Arabic. As for religious affiliation, most were Muslims while others were not and a sizable number were freethinkers. There is no consensus on this issue. Some will declare them Muslims while others consider them heretics and apostates. While this makes for interesting research questions (more like coffee table chatter) it is not a major concern on this website. I am concerned with presenting that philosophical output without pre-judgment (I try) for what it is and nothing more. Sure we all have our biases but who doesn't!
Should you have any concerns or susgestions I love to hear from you. Same goes if you do use this site or find it useful.
The site has over 2 Gigabytes of E-texts and graphics. The site has materials in Arabic, English, French, German and Latin.
We have separate sites for the following philosophers:
Muhammad Iqbal (okay, Macksood did this one!)
We have pages for:
Routledge's Islamic Philosophy Entries
Encyclopedia of Islam's Philosophical Articles.
Conversations on Islamic Philosophy.
We would like to see in the future sites for the following:
al-Razi (Abu Bakr of course!)
Ibn Hazm (some of his works are online!)
Ibn Tufyal (his only extant work is online)
Ibn Khaldun (he is famous for history, but was a philosopher nonetheless, not to mention his romantic flings with politics and diplomacy.) We have his works online.
Sites we could have had but they have been done already and we will not have to:
The site is also a home to sites for educators:
Prof. Mashhad al-Allaf.
The site is also a home to the Journal of Islamic Philosophy. This is the first online e-Journal dedicated to the study of Islamic Philosophy. For more information see the Journal's page and the call for papers.
We are no longer keeping statistics as the number of visitors or the number of downloads.
With kindest regards,
Muhammad Hozien, webmaster, editor, et. al.
Page Last updated on 24-December-2003. Page renamed to ip\about.htm
Page created on 14-August-2002
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