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.