Islam, Causality, and Freedom

From the Medieval to the Modern Era

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Özgür Koca
  • Cambridge: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , June
     307 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In this volume, Ozgur Koca offers a comprehensive survey of Islamic accounts of causality and freedom from the medieval to the modern era, as well as contemporary relevance. His book is an invitation for Muslims and non-Muslims to explore a rich, but largely forgotten, aspect of Islamic intellectual history. Here, he examines how key Muslim thinkers, such as Ibn Sina, Ghazali, Ibn Rushd, Ibn Arabi, Suhrawardi, Jurjani, Mulla Sadra and Nursi, among others, conceptualized freedom in the created order as an extension of their perception of causality. Based on this examination, Koca identifies and explores some of the major currents in the debate on causality and freedom. He also discusses the possible implications of Muslim perspectives on causality for contemporary debates over religion and science.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Özgür Koca is an assistant professor of Islamic studies and philosophy at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School. His research focus is on Islamic philosophy-theology, Sufism, and science and religion discussion.


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