Course Syllabus: “A History of Islamic Philosophy I”

COURSE OUTLINE: A History of Islamic Philosophy I

by Prof.Dr.Mulyahdi Kartanegara, MA

Degree M.A.
Course Title A History of Islamic Philosophy I
Course Code
Level Postgraduate
Credit Hours
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Teaching Methodology Discusses
Method of Evaluation
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Mulyadhi Kartanegara
Semester Offered
Course Objectives This subject will trace back the influence of of pre-Islamic philosophy, especially that of Greek and Indian, and discuss the formation of Islamic philosophy, its early development (al-Kindi and his disciples), and its further development from al-Farabi, through Ibn Sina, al-Ghazali and will end with Ibn Rushd (d. 1196).
Learning Outcomes The goal of this subject is for students to know and understand the influences of pre-Islamic philosophies and to be able to follow the development of Islamic philosophy, from its formative period  to the time of Ibn Rushd, the last great Muslim peripatetic.
Course Synopsis (course description)


Week Topics Recommended Readings


Orientation; Introduces in general the whole topics that will be discussed in the meetings to come


Philosophy before Islam; Discusses pre-Islamic philosophies—pre-Socratic, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus (Neo-Platonism)


Early Development of Islamic Philosophy; Discusses the rise of Islamic theology, the search for manuscripts, translation movement of scientific and philosophical works


Al-Kindi, the First Muslim Philosopher; Discusses the biography and works of al-Kindi, and his epistemological, ontological and ethical doctrines.


Al-Farabi; Discusses his life and works, also his views on logic, metaphysics, including his emanation theory, and political theory.


Ikhwan al-Shafa’; Discusses their view on philosophy, science and religion, and their cosmological, logical, ethical, physical and psychological doctrines.


Miskawayh; Discusses his life and works, his views on history, and metaphysics, especially on his ethical teachings.


Ibn Sina; Discusses his life and works, his views on God including the arguments for His existence, cosmos and human beings, and his psychology and eschatology.


Al-Ghazali; Discusses his life and works, his view on the kalam, mysticism, especially his criticism of philosophy.
10 Ibn Bajjah and Ibn Tufayl


Ibn Rushd; Discusses his life and works, his view on the relation between philosophy and religion, on scientific and philosophical methods and his criticism on Ghazali.


Transmission of Islamic philosophy to the Western world
Proposed Start Date (Semester)
Batch of Students to be Affected


  1. Fakhry, Majid, A History of Islamic Philosophy. Third Edition, New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
  2. Nasr and Leaman, History of Islamic Philosophy, vol 1 & 2, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1996.
  3. Netto, Ian Richard, Allah Transcendent: Studies in the Structure and Semiotic of Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Cosmology. Richmont, Surrey: Curzon Press, 1994.
  4. Rowson, Everett K. A Muslim Philosopher on the Soul and its fate: al-‘Amiri’s Kitab al-Amad ‘ala al-Abad. New Haven: Connecticut, 1988.
  5. al-Farabi, Ara’ Ahl al-Madinah al-Fadilah
  6. Ibn Sina, al-Syifa’
  7. Ibn Sina, Kitab al-Najat
  8. Ghazali, Tahafut al-Falasifah
  9. Ibn Rushd, Tahafut al-Tahafut
  10. Ibn Rushd, Fasl Maqal

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