Prophecy in Islam

Philosophy and Orthodoxy

Fazlur Rahman

Prophecy in Islam

Fazlur Rahman

With a new Foreword by Michael A. Sells
128 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1979, 2011
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226702858 Published October 2011

This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the varying degrees of acceptance of these convergent ideas by the Muslim orthodoxy.

The latest edition of this classic text includes a new foreword by Islamic studies expert Michael Sells, confirming Prophecy in Islam as the best source on its subject after more than half a century. This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the varying degrees of acceptance of these convergent ideas by the Muslim orthodoxy.

The latest edition of this classic text includes a new foreword by Islamic studies expert Michael Sells, confirming Prophecy in Islam as the best source on its subject after more than half a century.

Contents
Foreword by Michael Sells

Preface

I The Doctrine of Intellect
          Al-Fārābī

II Prophecy
          The Intellectual Revelation
          The Technical or Imaginative Revelation
          Miracles, Prayer, Theurgy
          The Mission and the Law

III Philosophical Doctrine and the Orthodoxy
          Ibn Ḥazm   
          Al-Ghazāli
          Kalām-al-Shahrastānī
          Ibn Taymīya
          Ibn Khaldūn

Concluding Remarks

Index 
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