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Book “Understanding Islamic Sciences: Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, Morality, Jurisprudence”

The book “Understanding Islamic Sciences: Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, Morality, Jurisprudence” is a collection of martyr Murtada Mutahhari’s essential papers and articles.

This book is a collection of martyr Murtada Mutahhari’s essential papers and articles on philosophy, theology (al-Kalam), Islamic mysticism (Irfan), the principle of jurisprudence (Usul al-fiqh), Islamic law (fiqh) and morality (hikmat-e amali). The six parts together serve both as a comprehensive survey of the essential of different branches of Islamic studies and a general guide to understanding the basic teaching of Islam, along with the main points of difference among various sects of Muslims.

Martyr Mutahhari’s important work is probably the most thorough of all introductions to Islamic studies and deserves to be prescribed reading for all students of Islam. It is also very useful for non-specialists who wish to acquaint themselves with Islamic knowledge.

This collection of Murtada Mutahhari’s papers on the Islamic sciences serves as a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of different branches of the Islamic sciences, and is also a general guide to understanding the basic teachings of Islam. No other introductory book on the Islamic sciences covers all Muslim sects and their specific views. Mutahhari’s exposition and evaluation of various theories is erudite and eloquent and will be of use to scholars of Islamic studies as well as to those who wish to better acquaint themselves with Islam.

Table of Contents

  • Islamic Philosophy

Literal and semantic definitions

Philosophy in modern times

Divorce of the sciences from philosophy

Illuminationsim and peripateticism

Islamic methods of thought

Sublime wisdom

Overview of philosophies and wisdom

Problem in philosophy

  • Ilm al-Kalam: Islamic theology

The beginnings of Kalam

Al-Kalam al-Aqli and al-Kalam al-Naqli

Mutʻtazilites

Ashʻaries

The Shiite Kalam

  • Irfan: Islamic Mysticism

Theoretical Irfan

Shariʻah, Tariqah and Haqiqah

The origin of Islamic Irfan

The mystic’s stations (Maqamat)

Zahid, Abid and Arif

The Arif goal

The first station

Exercise and Self-discipline

Some terms of Irfan

  • Islamic Law

Introduction

The sections and chapters of the issues of jurisprudence

Translator’s epilogue

  • Usul al-Fiqh: principle of jurisprudence

Introduction

The principle of jurisprudence

The source of jurisprudence

A brief history

The subjects of the principles

Issues common to the book and the sunnah

Consensus and reasoning

The principle of application

  • Islamic ethics and morality

Awareness and desire in animals

Awareness and desire in man

The touchstone of man;s distinctiveness

Relation between humanity and animals

Science and faith

Producing cheer and expansive

Improving social relationships

Lessening troubles

The teaching: ideology

Bibliographic information

Title: Understanding Islamic Sciences: Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, Morality, Jurisprudence

Author: Murtada Mutahhari

Translated by: Amin Research and Cultural Center

Publisher: Al-Mustafa International Publication and Translation Center

Language: English

Length: 260

ISBN:978-964-7741-24-8

Pub. Date: 2016

 

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  1. Salam,

    how can I order this book?

    wa salam

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