Kunnen moslims denken? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 109, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-5275
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1244



This paper discusses some authors and genres of the classcial Islamic tradition not generally recognized as philosophical, but relevant both for the understanding of today’s confrontation between the Islamic world and the liberal West, and for academic philosophical discussions of Islam. I focus on the theologian Ibn Taymiyya, who has been hijacked by modern salafi-jihadi activists, but who gives a critique of Aristotelian syllogistic that is philosophically serious and substantial, and on the classical Persian poetic tradition, which turns out to embody an ethical tradition of practical humanist wisdom. An awareness of the very existence of such traditions can help to combat the reductionist and ahistorical views of the Islamic world that pervade the contemporary public debate.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Ibn Taymiyya; Islamic philosophy; Rumi; Saadi; salafi-jihadi movements
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