American Univesity of Beirut

Materialist Undercurrents in Arab-Islamic Philosophy

​The project proposes to provide an English critical edition of Hussein Mruwah’s al-nazaʿat al-madiyya fi-l-falsafa al-ʿarabiya al-islamiya,“Materialist Undercurrents in Arabic-Islamic Philosophy.” The volumes were published in Arabic in 1978 in Beirut. Mruwah was one of the Arab world’s foremost 20th century thinkers and the apex of his career as a writer is remembered primarily as an erudite work of historiography. The four volumes provide a unique historico-philosophic study in that they conduct historiographic research into the cannon of Arab-Islamic thought, beginning with pre-Islamic jahiliya [pre-Islamic age] and ending with Avicena in the tenth century. Mruwah’s scholarly investigation is underpinned by a conceptual philosophical concern with materialism, al-madiya, which he understands as a philosophical movement that seeks to grasp the material world through a historical consciousness that is attuned to structural determinations within which philosophy itself is produced. ​

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