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Understanding Islamic Sciences

Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, Morality, Jurisprudence
Murtada Mutahhari
Published by the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS),
133 High Road
London NW10 2SW
United Kingdom
244pp £14.95

‘A clear and succinct introduction to the main disciplines of religious learning by one of the principal scholars of the Iranian Republic and a significant contributor, through his writings and lectures, to the success of the Islamic revolution.’
-- Professor Hamid Algar, Berkeley University, USA
‘One of the greatest scholars to come out of Iran in recent times.’
-- Dr. S. H. Lalilawa
This is an introduction to the Islamic sciences: Philosophy, al-kalam (Muslim scholastic philosophy), ‘irfan (Islamic mysticism), usul al-fiqh (principles of jurisprudence), fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and hikmat al-‘amali (practical philosophy or practical morality).
This collection of Murtada Mutahhari’s papers on the Islamic sciences serves as a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of different branches of the Islamic sciences, and is also a general guide to understanding the basic teachings of Islam. No other introductory book on the Islamic sciences covers all Muslim sects and their specific views. Mutahhari’s exposition and evaluation of various theories is erudite and eloquent and will be of use to scholars of Islamic studies as well as to those who wish to better acquaint themselves with Islam.
Murtada Mutahhari was born near Mashad in 1920. He began his studies in Qum where he was greatly influenced by Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini’s teachings on Islamic ethics, and later studied metaphysics and jurisprudence before teaching at Qum seminary schools and University of Tehran. He was assassinated in 1979.

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