RELI 2350 A: Classical Islamic Thought

Instructor: Dr. Mohammed Rustom

Course Format: Asynchronous / prerecorded lectures.

Course Description:

This course offers a survey of the central ideas and schools of Islamic philosophy and theology from the middle of the eighth century to the end of the eighteenth century CE. After situating the early debates in Islamic theology within their wider social and religious contexts, we will then study the main ideas and figures of early Islamic thought, such as Al-Kindi, Farabi, Avicenna, Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, and Averroes. This will set the stage for an in-depth examination of the later period of Islamic thought, with particular focus on such important philosophers as ‘Ayn al-Qudat, Suhrawardi, Razi, Ibn ‘Arabi, Tusi, and Mulla Sadra.