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Islamic Philosophy: A Research Guide: Home


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Miniature of Avicenna. Artist unknown. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Introduction: Islamic Philosophy


Between the 9th and 12 centuries, philosophers in the Islamic world discovered and responded to the thinking of Aristotle and the ancient Greeks. They synthesized those ideas with concepts from their religion and culture to create original works of philosophy which exerted great influence on medieval Christian thinkers, particularly Thomas Aquinas.

This research guide is designed to connect you with resources in the Gumberg Library collection (and beyond) for the study of Islamic philosophy and philosophers. It will point you to appropriate encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other types of reference works for basic information, books for in-depth information, and journal articles. Links to high-quality websites are also provided.

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You can also contact me, Ted Bergfelt, creator of this page. I am the library's liaison to the Philosophy and Theology Departments. The best way to reach me with a question is via email