Islamic Philosophy

Module code: V7089
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

This module aims to introduce you to the main themes, movements and thinkers of the Islamic Philosophical Tradition. There is an emphasis on trying to make it conversant with some themes from modern Western philosophy.

Topics to be addressed will include:

  • Islamic Metaphysics
  • the notion of Islamic Science
  • Ibn Sina's epistemology
  • Sufism and mysticism
  • Ibn Rushd's philosophy of language
  • the philosophy of Al-Kindi
  • Al-Ghazali on ethics.

Module learning outcomes

  • Be able to think critically about the history of 'western' philosophy in the context of other traditions, especially the Islamic tradition.
  • Present a coherent and detailed understanding of key issues in Islamic Philosophy.
  • Analyse key arguments and themes in Islamic Philosophy.
  • Present and defend some independent views as regards the key issues in Islamic Philosophy.