Reintroducing Islamic Philosophy: The Persisting Problem of “Smaller Orientalisms”

Tamara Albertini

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Reintroducing Islamic Philosophy: The Persisting Problem of “Smaller Orientalisms”

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This part of the book offers a survey introducing the authoritative figures and texts of the tradition of Islamic philosophy. The order of ideas is not determined by chronology, the text states, but by a discussion of a number of orientalist assumptions that continue to affect the status of Islamic thought today, especially in the field of comparative philosophy. The concept of “smaller orientalisms” is defined. Five common “smaller orientalisms” are introduced and these are medieval, the expression of Arab thought, Middle Eastern in terms of geographic expansion, mostly Greek derived, and/or merely of religious interest.

Keywords: Islamic philosophy; smaller orientalisms; medieval; Arab thought; Middle Eastern; Greek derived; religious interest

Article.  3516 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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