Ibn Sina Foundation

The History of Arab Muslim Philosophy

Textbook and Anthology

2020 Sep 25


The textbook covers the whole range of Islamic philosophical thought, starting from the emergence of philosophical reflection to the present day. It covers the major schools of the classical period, such as mu’tazilism, falsafa, enlightenment philosophy, philosophical teachings of Ismailites and Sufis. Ibn Khaldun's concept and philosophy of the Safavid era represent the postclassical stage. The philosophical quest of contemporary Arab Muslim thinkers is also described in detail. The author examines the features of Islamic texts (the Qur’an and Sunnah), the main characteristics of the Islamic faith, law and ethics, which define the mindset of Muslims.

The authors compiled an anthology of Arab Muslim philosophy in accordance with the textbook structure. Many translations in the book were prepared specifically for this publication or were edited and complemented with updated commentary. It is for the first time that we can see the works representing the entire tradition of Arab Muslim philosophy in one book.

The book is intended for those studying philosophy, oriental studies, religious studies, cultural studies and all those interested in Muslim culture.


The History of Arab Muslim Philosophy: Textbook and Anthology / ed. A.V. Smirnov. — М.: Akademicheskiy proyekt; ООО Sadra, 2020. — 623 p. — (Classical university textbook).