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date: 23 July 2019

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This article examines the place of law in the falsafa (philosophy) tradition. Political philosophy was largely a derivative topic for the philosophers of the Islamic world. One indication of this is that the falsafa tradition did not produce a coherent philosophy of law that would concern itself with the meaning, essence, source, and forms of “law”: as such. This article looks at several philosophers in the Islamic tradition who are associated with political philosophy, including Abu Nasr al-Farabi and Ibn Sina, with particular emphasis on their view that the highest form of human existence consists in intellectual and spiritual perfection. It also considers the views of Ibn Bajja, Ibn Tufayl, and Ibn Rushd.

Keywords: law, falsafa, political philosophy, philosophers, Islam, Abu Nasr al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, human existence, perfection, Ibn Rushd

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