Epistemology and politics in Islamic philosophy

Booth, Anthony (2021) Epistemology and politics in Islamic philosophy. In: Hannon, Michael and De Ridder, Jeroen (eds.) The Routledge handbook to political epistemology. Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367345907

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In this chapter, I discuss how the medieval Islamic Philosophers wrestled with issues to do with the role and function of expertise. I show how this leads them to an epistemological position I call ‘Islamic Moderate Evidentialism’ and show how it directly bears upon their political philosophy whereby the Prophet is thought to be the ideal political leader. I then move to a more contemporary context and note parallels of this thought in the mid-twentieth-century revolutionary Islamism of Sayyid Qutb and Abul A’la Maududi. I show how understanding this movement from the perspective of medieval Islamic Philosophy leads us to articulating a unique political position where both Perfectionist Liberal thought and Anarcho-Socialism sit together side by side.

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Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2020 08:58
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URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/95139

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