Course Syllabus of “Critical Approaches to Islamic Philosophy”

Critical Approaches to Islamic Philosophy

by Dr. Haidar Bagir, MA

Teaching Methodology Lecture, Paper presentation by Students, Discussions facilitated by lecturer, elucidation by lecturer
Method of Evaluation Participation in class, paper writing, presentation, midterm test, take-home final exam
Lecturer DR. Haidar Bagir
Semester Offered
Course Objectives
  1. To create a balanced view towards Islamic Philosophy
  2. To foster critical attitude as a requisite of scientific outlook
  3. To create a more sophisticated understanding of the subject
  4. To promote a real Islamic understanding of Islamic Philosophy
Course Synopsis Islamic Philosophy has never been free from criticism. Not only from the exoteric religious scientists, the criticisms come from various other Islamic disciplines: Sufism, Theology, traditional and modern literalism, legalism, etc. Although some of the criticisms are far fetched, sometimes not built on a solid scientific foundation, in general they can not immediately be regarded as invalid. In this case, they can help Islamic Philosophy refine, even strengthen, itself by responding to the challenges. This course present some of the most important criticism towards Islamic Philosophy from different field of Islamic diasciplines, stretching in time from the period of al-Ghazali up to our modern times and the responses made by Islamic Philosophers themselves.

Lists of Topics

  1. Introduction (1 Session)
  2. Exoteric ulama (1 session)
  3. Al-Ghazali (1 sesi)
  4. Fakhruddin al-Razi (1 sesi)
  5. Ibn Taymiyah (1 sesi)
  6. Ibn Khaldun (1 sesi), Shahrestani (1)
  7. Tasawuf (incl. Jalaluddin Rumi, etc.) (1 sesi)
  8. Mulla Sadra (1 sesi)
  9. Muhammad Iqbal (1 sesi)
  10. Abdul Halim Mahmud, Fazlur Rahman, Imam Khomeini (1 sesi)
  11. Kant (1 sesi)
  12. Positivism (1 sesi)


  1. Al-Ghazali, Al-Munqidh min al-Dhalal
  2. Al-Ghazali, Tahafut al-Falasifah
  3. Ibn Taymiyah, Al-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqiyyin
  4. Fakhr al-Din Shirazi, ………
  5. Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah
  6. Shahrestani, Strugling with the Philosophers
  7. Jalaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi
  8. Muhammad Iqbal, Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam
  9. Abdul Halim Mahmud, Ma’alim al-Falsafah
  10. Fazlur Rahman, Islam
  11. Writings and Speeches of Imam Khomeini
  12. Works of Mulla Sadra

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