Ibn Sina Islamic Culture Research Foundation


Tradition and Modernity

2016 Apr 07

The “Islam: Tradition and Modernity” series is published by the “Sadra” publishing house with the support of the Ibn Sina Islamic Culture Research Foundation since 2016. It is meant to introduce the reader to a wide range of issues that arose throughout the entire existence of Islamic thought.

Five books have been published in this series: the collection of articles “Imam Mahdi is the saviour of humanity”, “The history of Islamic philosophy”, “The story about Hayy ibn Yaqdhan”, Dialectics of the Abrahamic symbol.

The first work is devoted to Mahdi, the last successor of the Prophet Muhammad, who plays a special role in Islam. Many questions about Mahdi's personality have arisen over almost 12 centuries, and this book suggests that the reader reflects on them and finds the answers.

“The history of Islamic philosophy” is a classical work of Henry Corbin about the history of the philosophical thought in the Islamic world, well-known to Russian and foreign readers. It was published with the participation of the most prominent representatives of the RAS Institute of Philosophy. The book’s academic editor is Yanis Eshots, one of the leading specialists in classical Islamic mysticism (Irfan).

“The story about Hayy ibn Yaqdhan” is a collection of annotated academic translations of three versions of a classical story about Hayy ibn Yaqdhan by Ibn Sina, Suhrawardi and ibn Tufail. The book was prepared with the assistance of the People’s Friendship University of Russia.

"The correct balance (al-Qistas al-mustaqim)" by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali represents a commented translation from Arabic and research on one of the most interesting and complex works of this prominent medieval Muslim thinker conducted by professor V.V.Naumkin, academic advisor of the RAS Institute of Oriental studies.  In this work Al-Ghazali attempts to Islamize the ancient logic. Drawing on the Aristotelian syllogistic, he disputes with Ismailian theologists.

Dialectics of the Abrahamic symbol” by F. Nofal is the book that represents an attempt to understand the phenomenon of the Abrahamic myth. Drawing upon the original symbolic and existential concept, the author describes the architectonics of different religious systems — in particular, the Jewish, Christian and Muslim ones. In order to answer the question of how one mythology type differs from the other, the author has examined a rich body of materials collected over 10 years of hard work.


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