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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 June 2022

Rasoul Namazi
Affiliation:
Duke Kunshan University, China
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The Introduction provides a panoramic view of Strauss’s thought, with a special emphasis on his interest in Islamic political thought. This summary presentation will focus on what I call the four pillars of Strauss’s intellectual project: (1) Reason and Revelation; (2) Ancients and Moderns; (3) The Theologico-Political Problem; (4) Esotericism. All these themes have a direct relationship to Strauss’s writings on Islamic thought and his biographically documented interest in the writings of the Falāsifa. This summary presentation is followed by a critical assessment of previous studies on Strauss’s interest in Islamic thought. The objective of this critical assessment is, first of all, to discuss some of the common misconceptions regarding Strauss’s writings on Islamic philosophy in those writings which are mainly critical of his scholarship. The second objective is to show that, despite some very important studies on Strauss’s scholarship on Islamic thought, there is a significant gap existing in the scholarship.

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Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • Rasoul Namazi
  • Book: Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought
  • Online publication: 23 June 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009105118.002
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  • Introduction
  • Rasoul Namazi
  • Book: Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought
  • Online publication: 23 June 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009105118.002
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  • Introduction
  • Rasoul Namazi
  • Book: Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought
  • Online publication: 23 June 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009105118.002
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