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The formation of Arab reason [electronic resource] : text, tradition and the construction of modernity in the Arab world / by Mohammed Abed al-Jabri ; translated by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies.

By: J�abir�i, Mu�hammad ��Abid.
Contributor(s): Markaz Dir�as�at al-Wa�hdah al-�Arab�iyah (Beirut, Lebanon).
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contemporary Arab scholarship in the social sciences: v. 5.Publisher: London ; New York : Beirut, Lebanon : [New York] : I.B. Tauris ; In Association with the Centre for Arab Unity Studies ; Distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011Description: 1 online resource (x, 462 p.).ISBN: 9780857719447 (electronic bk.); 0857719440 (electronic bk.); 1283169061; 9781283169066.Subject(s): Philosophy, Arab -- History | Islam and philosophy | Faith and reason -- Islam | Philosophy, Arab -- 20th century | Islamic modernism | PHILOSOPHY -- EasternGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Formation of Arab reason.DDC classification: 181.07 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
pt. 1. Arab reason ... in what meaning? : preliminary approaches -- pt. 2. The formation of Arab reason : the epistemological and ideological in Arab culture.
Summary: Since the earliest period of Islamic history, Arab thought and reason has been dominated by a reverence for tradition and textual analysis. In this groundbreaking work, the great contemporary Arab philosopher Mohammed Abed al-Jabri seeks to chart a course towards modernity via the proposition that respect for textualism and tradition are not inconsistent with rationalism, and that both history and philosophy are key to the evolution of knowledge systems and ways of reasoning in Arab culture.Summary: Al-Jabri dissects the systems through which knowledge is obtained and verified in Arab thought, and demonstrates their fundamental bias towards analogical reasoning and premodern authoritative referents, some of which are inherently resistant to empirical analysis. In an impassioned defence of rationalism, he argues that these textual reference points must be interpreted and mediated with critical analytical tools. He advocates an evolution of Arab thought to accommodate the changeability of values, interpretations and structures over space and time, to escape an a-historical imprisonment. --Book Jacket.
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Translated from the Arabic.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [439]-448) and index.

Since the earliest period of Islamic history, Arab thought and reason has been dominated by a reverence for tradition and textual analysis. In this groundbreaking work, the great contemporary Arab philosopher Mohammed Abed al-Jabri seeks to chart a course towards modernity via the proposition that respect for textualism and tradition are not inconsistent with rationalism, and that both history and philosophy are key to the evolution of knowledge systems and ways of reasoning in Arab culture.

Al-Jabri dissects the systems through which knowledge is obtained and verified in Arab thought, and demonstrates their fundamental bias towards analogical reasoning and premodern authoritative referents, some of which are inherently resistant to empirical analysis. In an impassioned defence of rationalism, he argues that these textual reference points must be interpreted and mediated with critical analytical tools. He advocates an evolution of Arab thought to accommodate the changeability of values, interpretations and structures over space and time, to escape an a-historical imprisonment. --Book Jacket.

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pt. 1. Arab reason ... in what meaning? : preliminary approaches -- pt. 2. The formation of Arab reason : the epistemological and ideological in Arab culture.

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