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In the Early Medieval period, as Christian Europe lost interest in pagan philosophers, scholars in the Islamic world started studying them. Baghdad, Bukhara, and Alexandria became new centers of enlightenment. Translations of Greek philosophy were studied, commented, and expanded upon in the Islamic world in the IX thru the XIII centuries. With the expansion of Islam into the Iberian Peninsula, Al-Andalus became a land of peaceful coexistence and fertile ground for enlightenment. For nearly four hundred years, philosophy flourished in Al-Andalus not only among Muslim scholars but also among their Jewish contemporaries. Toledo, Granada, and Cordoba became major centers of learning. Averroes, Ibn-Arabi, Ibn-Khaldun, Ibn-Gabirol, and Maimonides were among the philosophers who thrived in this fertile environment and they were instrumental in transmitting the wisdom of ancient Greece to Renaissance Europe. This course will cover the major Muslim and Jewish philosophers of Al-Andalus, and their influence on European thought.Lecture (plus Questions)Viewing Videos
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