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date: 17 May 2021

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This chapter argues that the Sullam al-ʿulūm of Muḥibb Allāh al-Bihārī is a milestone textbook in Arabo-Islamic logic, both in it larger pedagogical aims and insofar as it posits conceptualizations as significantly foundational for logical operations. This orientation toward conceptualizations seems to have opened up new possible directions in the field of logic on several fronts. The chapter has three sections. The author and the general nature of his project are introduced in the first section. The structure of the work and its relation to two leading commentaries are discussed in the second section. And a brief assessment of the work’s contributions to the field of Arabo-Islamic logic is presented in the last section on the basis of a few examples.

Keywords: Sullam al-ʿulūm, logic, Muḥibb Allāh al-Bihārī, Muslim India, ʿaqliyyāt, commentaries, glosses, Qāḍī Mubārak Gūpāmawī, Mullā Ḥasan Sihālawī, postclassical Arabo-Islamic philosophy

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