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Systematic Growth In Sustained Error: A Case Study In The Dynamism Of Post-Classical Islamic Scholasticism

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During the post-classical period, the figure of Avicenna loomed large in the scholastic tradition of falsafa and kalam and the independent curricular texts and their commentaries and glosses often undertook the task of interpreting his system in a fashion that would be internally consistent. This chapter presents a technical study of the history of post-classical Arabo-Islamic logic. The details are addressed to historians of medieval logic, philosophy, and theology, but what they tell us about transformations - and mechanisms underlying the transformations - within the discipline of logic should interest Islamicists. It summarizes the global picture and offers an explanation of the specialist details by way of some examples. The chapter presents a tabulation of all the consequences of this distinction as adopted by Avicenna and Fārābī in Āmidī's assessment, along with a comparison with the positions of Avicenna and Kātibī known to us from their own works.

Keywords: Avicenna; dynamism; Fārābī in Āmidī; falsafa; Islamic logic; Kātibī; kalām; post-classical period; scholastic tradition; transformations



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