Abu Nasr al-Farabi: Founder of Islamic political philosophyWritten by Tengku Ahmad Hazri
Abu Nasr al-Farabi, was an early philosopher of the Islamic world. Among others he was known as the founder of Islamic political philosophy, if not of Islamic philosophy itself, and was a principal agent in the transmission of Greek thought into Islamic civilization, chiefly the neo-Platonic tradition so much so that Majid Fakhry even styled him as the founder of “Islamic Neoplatonism”. Yet far from a passive receptor of the Hellenistic heritage, Farabi’s theories evinced remarkable originality, even departure from previous philosophical tradition. His main contributions include the defense of logic as a distinct and autonomous science at a time when there was debate as to the respective domains of logic and grammar.............. [click here to download the full article in pdf]
Tengku Ahmad Hazri is a Research Fellowat IAIS Malaysia.