The Classical Heritage in Islam

1st Edition

Franz Rosenthal

Routledge
Published April 2, 1992
Reference - 322 Pages
ISBN 9780415076937 - CAT# RU10428
Series: Arabic Thought and Culture

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Summary

The influence of classical antiquity on the religious disciplines, theology, mysticism and law of Islam cannot be overestimated. This work demonstrates the significance of the classical heritage by drawing together a great range of literary renderings, paraphrases, commentaries and imitations, as well as independent Islamic elaborations. Professor Rosenthal's collection includes the work of early authors, authors of the Golden Age and later writers who imitated their works. The Classical Heritage in Islam reveals that the Muslim adoption of and dependence on classical texts was not blind imitation or a casual compounding of traditions, but rather an original synthesis and therefore a unique achievement.

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