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AVERROES IBN RUSHD

ZAIN ABBAS SYED

INTRODUCTION

(523-95/1126-98)
Chief religious judge of Cordoba
Peripatetic Philosopher and Usuliyoun
The commentator
Harmonizer of religion and philosophy
Met with and was friends with Ibn Tufayl, Ibn
Bajjah
He belonged to the Maliki school of thought

SOME FAMOUS WORKS

Commentary on the metaphysics of Aristotle


Summary of Plato's republic
Commentary on De Anima
Fasl al Maqal Decisive treatise
Incoherence of the incoherence
He wrote on a variety of subjects

KEY CONCEPTS, IDEAS

Political thought
Critical assessment of Platos Republic
In contrast with Al Farabi
Ibn Rushd is more empirical and realistic
Based on nature of man as a living substance
Founded on Psychology
More Liberal and Realistic
Can the perfect city be established ?
Perfect is defined as what is humanly possible

OTHER IDEAS
Opposed Ibn Sina
Reconciling Philosophy with Islam

The sharah specific to the philosophers (ash-sharah


alkhah bi-l-ukam) is the investigation of all
beings, since the Creator is not worshipped by a
worship more noble than the knowledge of those
things that He produced which lead to the knowledge
in truth of His essencemay He be exalted! That
[investigation philosophers undertake] is the most
noble of the works belonging to Him and the most
favored of them that we do in Gods presence. How
great is it that one perform this service which is the
most noble of services and one take it on with this
compliant obedience which is the most sublime of
obedience's!