Humanism in the Renaissance of Islam: The Cultural Revival During the Buyid Age

Forsideomslag
BRILL, 1992 - 329 sider
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Under the enlightened rule of the Buyid dynasty (945-1055 A.D.) the Islamic world witnessed an unequalled cultural renaissance. This book is an investigation into the nature of the environment in which the cultural transformation took place and into the cultural elite who were its bearers. After an extensive introductory section setting the stage, the book deals with the main schools and circles and with the outstanding individual representatives of this renaissance. The main expression of this renaissance was a philosophical humanism that embraced the scientific and philosophical heritage of Classical Antiquity as a cultural and educational ideal. Along with this philosophical humanism, a literary humanism was cultivated by litterateurs, poets, and government secretaries. This renaissance was marked by a powerful assertion of individualism in the domains of literary creativity and political action. It thrived in a remarkably cosmopolitan atmosphere - Baghdad, the center of the 'Abb?sid empire and of Buyid rule.
  

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Indhold

Introduction
1
The Early Buyid Era
31
Foreign Relations of the Buyids
86
Schools Circles and Societies
103
Scholars Patrons and Potentates
207
Conclusion
286
Index
303
Humanism in the Renaissance of Islam A Preliminary
135
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