UA-35580571-1 2015 December

Ep.52-The Brethren of Purity

December 14th, 2015

This episode of the World of Islam introduces the so-called Ikhwan al-Safa (The Brethren of Purity), a group of mysterious thinkers that produced a major encyclopedic philosophical work. We touch on Ismailism and the attempt to unify various forms of knowledge in classical Islam.  

A History of Islamic Philosophy           by Majid Fakhry
Islamic Philosophy A-Z                          by Peter S. Groff
Islamic Philosophy: an Introduction   by Oliver Leaman
The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy   Edited by P. Adamson/R.C. Taylor

Ep.53-Religion: Popular Islam

December 31st, 2015

This episode seeks to correct a major misconception concerning Islam and Muslim life. The Islam of the masses is not simply a reflection of the intellectual discourses that we have covered so far in the podcast.