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Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures

Epistemology of the Quran

Elements of a Virtue Approach to Knowledge and Understanding

Authors: Adeel, Mohammad

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  • Is the first systematic book on the epistemology of the Quran
  • Brings the Islamic scripture to the heart of contemporary Western philosophy
  • Bridges the gap between Islam and the West
  • Is a Quran study that is highly relevant for the contemporary global scene
  • Embodies a new approach to studying scripture 
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About this book

This book examines all verses of the Quran involving knowledge related concepts. It begins with the argument that an analysis of the Quranic concept of ignorance points to epistemic virtues that can pave our way towards gaining knowledge and/or understanding. It deals with the Quranic concepts of perceptual, rational, and revelatory knowledge as well as understanding and wisdom in the light of recent discussions in Western analytic epistemology. It also argues that the relevant Quranic verses seem to involve concept of an epistemic conscience whose proper exercise can yield knowledge or understanding. While not overlooking the Quranic emphasis on revelation as a source of knowledge, the book draws our attention to a remarkable overlap between some strains of contemporary virtue epistemology and Quranic approach to knowledge. It shows that the Quranic verses suggest a progressive sequence from propositional knowledge to understanding to wisdom.

About the authors

Former Vice Chancellor of Hazara University in Pakistan, M. Ashraf Adeel is Professor of Philosophy at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in Philosophy of Science/Language with distinction from University of Hawaii, has held Professorship at University of Peshawar, and was a Senior Visiting Fellow at Linacre College Oxford in 1999. He publishes research in Philosophy of Science and Language as well as Modern Islamic Thought and is a poet and playwright.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introductory: An Overview

    Pages 1-3

    Adeel, M. Ashraf

  • From Ignorance to Knowledge : Deriving Epistemic Virtues from the Qur’ānic Conception of Ignorance

    Pages 5-23

    Adeel, M. Ashraf

  • The Qur’ānic Hints about Epistemic Responsibility: An Analysis of Etymological Variants of ‘i-l-m in the Text

    Pages 25-41

    Adeel, M. Ashraf

  • Taqwā or Reflective Conscience in the Qur’ān and Some Additional Epistemic Virtues

    Pages 43-56

    Adeel, M. Ashraf

  • On Understanding

    Pages 57-76

    Adeel, M. Ashraf

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17558-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17557-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Epistemology of the Quran
Book Subtitle
Elements of a Virtue Approach to Knowledge and Understanding
Authors
Series Title
Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17558-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17558-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17557-3
Series ISSN
2211-1107
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 132
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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