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Roy Jackson

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6 Feb 2014 041563203X 978-0415632034

What is Islamic Philosophy? offers a broad introduction to Islamic thought, from its origins to the many challenging issues facing Muslims in the contemporary world. The chapters explore early Islamic philosophy and trace its development through key themes and figures up to the twenty-first century.

Topics covered include:

  • ethical issues such as just war, abortion, women’s rights, homosexuality and cloning
  • questions in political philosophy regarding what kind of Islamic state could exist and how democratic can (or should) Islam really be
  • the contribution of Islam to ‘big questions’ such as the existence of God, the concept of the soul, and what constitutes truth.

This fresh and original book includes a helpful glossary and suggestions for further reading. It is ideal for students coming to the subject for the first time as well as anyone wanting to learn about the philosophical tradition and dilemmas that are part of the Islamic worldview.


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Roy was born in Liverpool and attended the same school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison but not, it should be stressed, at the same time. He is now a Reader in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham (not that different from Liverpool really). Roy has previously lectured in Philosophy and Religion at various universities, including Kent, Durham, and King's College London. He has a doctorate from the University of Kent and a PGCE from Roehampton University. He specialises in Philosophy of Religion, Nietzsche, and contemporary Islamic thought in relation to ethics, philosophy and politics and has written a number of books on Nietzsche, Plato, Philosophy of Religion, and Islam. More recently he has published Fifty Key Figures in Islam (Routledge 2006), Nietzsche and Islam (Routledge 2007), Mawdudi and Political Islam (Routledge 2010), and The God of Philosophy: 2nd Edition (Acumen, 2011). As someone who left school at 15 and realised later on the importance of education, Roy writes a number of books that aim to guide the uninitiated into the complex realms of philosophy and religion and he also gives talks at schools and colleges to promote the importance of the subject.

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"This excellent book provides a user-friendly introduction to the emergence and subsequent developments of Islamic philosophy. Jackson’s problem-oriented approach also shows, in a skilful manner, the relevance of this philosophy to some of the most pressing issues of our time in important fields such as politics, ethics and religion." - Ali Paya, University of Westminster (UK), Islamic College (UK), and National Research Institute for Science Policy (Iran)

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Roy Jackson is Reader in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He has many years’ experience of lecturing in Philosophy and Religion at a number of universities. His books include Fifty Key Figures in Islam (2006), Nietzsche and Islam (2007), Mawlana Mawdudi and Political Islam (2010), and The God of Philosophy (2011).


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