171 - Golden Ages: The Later Eastern Traditions
An introduction to later developments in philosophical theology, sufism, and Illuminationism, focusing on the reception and critique of Avicenna.
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• W.C. Chittick, The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: the Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afḍal al-Dīn Kāshānī (Oxford: 2001).
• G. Endress, “Reading Avicenna in the Madrasa: Intellectual Genealogies and Chains of Transmission of Philosophy and the Sciences in the Islamic East,” in J.E. Montgomery (ed.), Arabic Theology, Arabic Philosophy: From the Many to the One (Leuven: 2006), 371-422.
• D. Gutas, “The Heritage of Avicenna: the Golden Age of Arabic Philosophy, 900-ca.1350,” in J. Janssens and D. De Smet (eds), Avicenna and his Heritage (Leuven: 2002).
• W. Madelung and T. Mayer (trans.), Struggling with the Philosopher: a Refutation of Avicenna’s Metaphysics (London: 2001).
• G. Makdisi, The Rise of Colleges: Institutions of Learning in Islam and the West (Edinburgh: 1981).