Parution: H. DAIBER, « Islamic Thought in the Dialogue of Cultures », Brill, 2012

Islamic Thought in the Dialogue of Cultures
A Historical and Bibliographical Survey

Hans Daiber, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Islamic thought is the most beautiful result of a multicultural dialogue. Islamic culture became a bridge between antiquity, Iranian scholars, Syriac and Arabic Christians and the Latin Middle Ages. Its richness of ideas, its plurality of values can contribute to the requirements of modern plurality. The monograph aims at a historical and bibliographical survey of the qurʾānic and rational world-view of early Islam, of the period of translations from Greek into Syriac and Arabic, and of the impact of Islamic thought on the Latin Middle Ages. Critical reflexions of Muslim scholars stimulated new scientific ideas and make us aware of the contribution of Islam to humanity.

Table of contents


1. The Qurʾānic Background of Rationalism in Early Islam

2. Theocracy Versus Individuality: The Dispute on Man’s Free Will and its Impact on a New Rational World-View in the 8th/9th Century

3. The Encounter of Islamic Rationalism with Greek Culture: The Translation Period and its Role in the Development of Islamic Philosophy

4. The Autonomy of Philosophy in Islam

5. The Encounter of Islamic Philosophy with European Thought: Latin Translations and Translators of Arabic Philosophical Texts and their Importance for Medieval European Philosophy. Survey and State of the Art

6. Assimilation of Islamic Philosophical Thought and Dissociation in the Latin Middle Ages: The Medieval European View of Islamic Philosophy as an Example of Dialogue and Misunderstanding

7. Islamic Roots of Knowledge in Europe

8. Manifestations of Islamic Thought in an Intertwined World: past and future tasks of their study


Index of Persons
Index of Themes and Topics
Index of Terms
Index of Modern Authors



Agrégée d'Espagnol et docteur en Histoire médiévale à l'Université de Nantes, elle travaille sur les mudéjars/morisques et la littérature aljamiada (Espagne, XV-XVIe s.).

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