Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, Vol 17, No 1 (2012)

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Ibn Taymiyya and His Times

Eric Stensland


Ibn Taymiyya has become an unavoidable name in the study of modern Islamic thought. This 13th century thinker spent most of his life in Damascus, where he gained a reputation for being a radical thinker. This volume of articles, Ibn Taymiyya and His Times, is from the Oxford University Press series, Studies in Islamic Philosophy. It is a compilation of twelve articles about Ibn Taymiyya, most of which were originally prepared for a conference entitled “Ibn Taymiyya and His Times” at Princeton University in April of 2005. Ibn Taymiyya and his Times presents a different view of Ibn Taymiyya than prevails in the popular imagination. He has a rational and pragmatic side, making him far from a champion of traditionalism.

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