Fall 2009

Islamic Intellectual Tradition

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-55


Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)


This course is an introduction to the most important philosophers and theologians in classical Islam. It uses primary sources (in English translation) to introduce the concepts that Muslim intellectuals articulated and the movements they engendered in the ninth through twelfth centuries. In this course, we will examine questions concerning the nature of God, the immortality of the human soul, causality and miracles, and the creation of the world. Although many of the philosophical and theological problems that we will examine first arose a thousand years ago, the problems are still the subject of debate throughout the Islamic world.

Fall semester. Professor Jaffer.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2017, Fall 2018