Islam as a religion and a way of life guides millions of people around the world and has a significant impact on worldly affairs. To many Muslims, however, a philosophical understanding or assessment of Islamic belief is seen as a feeble and religiously inappropriate attempt to understand matters that are beyond rational comprehension. Islam: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation explores this issue in detail, by guiding readers through a careful study of the relationship between faith and reason in Islam. In particular, it pays close attention to religious objections to philosophizing about Islam, arguments for and against Islamic belief, and the rationality of Islamic belief in light of contemporary philosophical issues, such as problems of religious diversity, evil and religious doubt.
This text is ideal for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students seeking an objective, philosophical introduction to Islam, a subject of increasing interest in classrooms around the world.
Imran Aijaz is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA. Series editors: Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Bethel College, USA. Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy at St Olaf College, USA.
Acknowledgements Preface 1. Can Islam Be Investigated Philosophically? 2. Classical Traditionalist Fideism in Islam 3. Classical Scholastic Fideism in Islam 4. Contemporary Fideism in Islam 5. Rationalist Arguments for Islamic Belief 6. Religious Doubt, Islamic Faith and The Skeptical Muslim