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Ibn Rušd And The Almohad Context

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The relationship between philosophy and political power has always been a matter of discussion. In recent times, scholars have focused on the interaction between Abūl-Walīd Muḥammad ibn Rušd, known in the West as Averroes, and the Almohad dynasty which he served, and they have discussed whether and how he contributed to their doctrine, and reciprocally. This chapter examines Ibn Ruds activity within the Almohad context, the basic principles of Almohadism and those of Ibn Rušds philosophy in an attempt to explain some features of their relationship. Ibn Rušds main interest was to comment on and interpret Aristotle as becomes evident when we look at his philosophical works.

Keywords: Almohad doctrine; Almohad dynasty; Muḥammad ibn Rušd



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