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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: November 2018

Chapter 1 - Averroes, Philosopher of Islam*

Summary

The opening chapter of the book situates Averroes' project within the intellectual context of medieval Islamic Spain, arguing that Averroes' project of writing commentaries on Aristotle was in part a response to the provocations of Muslim theologians and especially Ghazali. Even some of his most notorious philosophical positions, for instance on the unity of the human intellect and the eternity of the world, can be better understood within this context.