History of arabic Philosophy

lfilo1370  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of arabic Philosophy
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Bonmariage Cécile;
Main themes
This course is designed to provide students with a historical view of the main trends in philosophy (falsafa) as it developed in the Arabo-Islamic cultural world. It will define what falsafa is, what its origins are and what position it occupies in Arabo-Islamic culture. It provides an introduction to the most significant thinkers, as well as to the issues which have been the subject of debates by the falâsifa.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course, students should:
  • understand the nature and place of philosophy (falsafa) in the Arabo-Islamic cultural world;
  • know how to situate in history the thinkers and trends in Arabo-Islamic philosophy;
  • know how to situate philosophy in relationship to other forms of thinking operating in this cultural world;
  • know how to define the main issues within the framework of Arabo-Islamic philosophy and highlight what they involve;
  • know how to use the tools which enable both general and more advanced study of the philosophical aspects of Arabo-Islamic thinking.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The aim of this course is to introduce to the major figures, issues and texts of philosophy in pre-modern Islam. After a reminder of the
historical conditions of the emergence of falsafa in Islam, the course introduces to questions regarding metaphysics, anthropology,
epistemology, the philosopher in/and the city, the philosopher and the prophet.
Teaching methods
Activities outside the class: readings; personal research to acquire and/or increase the student's familiarity with the tools and
resources used in the study of Arabic philosophical texts.
Activities in class: ex cathedra course; discussion on preparatory reading
Evaluation methods
Paper + oral exam
Online resources
See Moodle
The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. Ed. P. Adamson & R. Taylor. Cambridge, CUP, 2005.
The Routledge companion to Islamic philosophy. Ed. R. C. Taylor & L. X. López-Farjeat. New York, Routledge, 2015.
The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. Ed. Kh. El-Rouayheb & S. Schmidtke. Oxford, OUP, 2016.'
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Arabic language and Islamic civilization

Minor in Medieval Studies

Certificat universitaire en sciences des religions

Certificat universitaire en philosophie (approfondissement)

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy