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Arabic Philosophy- Period 4 Honors Program Program Spring 2025 Semester - Extended - Amsterdam

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Arabic Philosophy- Period 4

Arabic Philosophy- Period 4 Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Philosophy
Instruction in: English
Course Code: W_FIL_ARP
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 84
Prerequisites: no requirements but a general knowledge of the Islamic Culture and of the history of ancient philosophy (Pre-Socratic Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle and Neo-Platonism in particular) is certainly an advantage for those who are about to attend this course. Those who have not attended a course on these topics and/or are not familiar with them, are therefore invited to read an introductory text about them (Islam and the history of Ancient Philosophy) in addition to the primary and secondary literature for this course (see Canvas).


The course on Arabic Philosophy (or - as we might call it from another perspective - Arabic-Islamic Philosophy) is intended as an introduction to the philosophical tradition of the Islamic world and its heritage in the Latin medieval world. The time under consideration is what could be considered the 'classical period' of Arabic-Islamic thought, roughly from the 9th to the 12th century, i.e. from the era of the great translations of Greek texts into Arabic (and the first interpretations of the translated texts), to the philosophy of Averroes. If possible, some attention will also be paid to subsequent developments (thephilosophical tradition of Persia, from the 10th to the 17th century).

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course therefore, CEA's recommended credits are based on the ECTS credits assigned by VU Amsterdam. 1 ECTS equals 28 contact hours assigned by VU Amsterdam.

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