Summary

For centuries, the works of Aristotle and other Greek thinkers were preserved in the Arabic world, where they profoundly influenced Muslim thinkers who were trying to combine philosophical insight with religious piety. The intellectual range of this great tradition is remarkable: nothing escaped investigation, from details of medicine to the mysteries of God's nature. Avicenna and Averroes produced philosophical systems that rival the greatest intellectual structures ever built. The World of Philosophy series is a dramatic presentation, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall outlook of the world's great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.
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By Mazen on 27-02-07

Lucid, insightful, informative

This has got to be one of the best audio-books I have heard so far. It addresses its inherently difficult subject with such clarity of thought that some of the most complicated ideas are made accessible.

The book was very informative, yet it kept my interest and I really wished it had been longer.

The books discusses the ideas of Al Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Al Ghazali and Ibn Rushd (Averroes) in relation to one-another, with Ibn Sina's philosophy at the center. It doesn't assume previous knowledge about any of them or about Greek philosophy, although it expects the reader to know at least who Aristotle was.

The narrators added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. Arab names and words are pronounced correctly, which is a rarity, and the general quality of the narration is high.

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By Gare on 13-04-08

Exciting, relevant, inspiring

As a 9/11 student of Muslim philosophy, this work is a watershed. Many of the ideas of these ancient middle eastern philosophers remains forward-looking today. A didactic history of the bridges between West and Mid-east.

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