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The Rise of Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West

George Makdisi

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Challenging beliefs about intellectual culture, Makdisi reaffirms the links between Western and Arabic thought and shows that although scholasticism and humanism have long been considered to be exclusive to the Western world, they have their roots in the medieval Islamic world.


A standard work in the field.
An essential reference work for any student of Islamic literature and scholarship.
The range of Arabic literature that he covers is overwhelming … in the space of a review justice cannot be done to the richness of Makdisi’s studies and to his thinking, the work of his professional lifetime.