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Knowledge Is Thought (Philosophy)

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The attitudes of the representatives of principles of jurisprudence towards the concept of knowledge are the main concern of this chapter. It compares briefly the Arabic terminology employed in translating Greek words for mental activity into a language very different from Greek in structure and conceptualization. Epistemology was acknowledged by eighth-century Oriental Christianity within the Muslim Empire to be the necessary foundation of theology. The discussion of knowledge and its subdivisions is, in turn, arranged in four sections. As medieval Muslims themselves might have put it, theology and law were the twin pillars of Islam responsible for the welfare of the Muslim community in the other world as well as in this.

Keywords: Christianity; epistemology; graeco-arabic translation terminology; jurisprudence; knowledge; medieval Islam; theology



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