Abstract and Keywords
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.
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