The Greek Heritage in Islam

Gotthard Strohmaier

in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199286140
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 The Greek Heritage in Islam

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This article discusses the attempts of Muslim intellectuals to forge a kind of synthesis between Greek philosophy and Islamic thought, attempts that have parallels in the Christian and Judaic traditions. Classical Muslim culture remained a vibrant and pluralistic phenomenon that often conceived of Greek thought and learning as an indigenous tradition, and as a legitimate precursor to Islamic scholarship.

Keywords: Muslim intellectuals; Islamic scholarship; Greece; Greek philosophy; Muslim culture

Article.  4489 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Reception ; Ancient Greek History

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