Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos

Nature and the Cosmos

Welcome to “Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos” This course offers a captivating exploration into one of the most intellectually stimulating chapters in the history of classical Islamic thought—the debate recorded in al-Ghazālī’s ‘Incoherence of the Philosophers’ and Ibn Rushd’s ‘Incoherence of the Incoherence.’

Course Team

Dr. Edward Omar Moad

Dr. Edward Omar Moad

(Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities, Qatar University)

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12+ Live Online Sessions

Duration : 12 Weeks

Sundays, 2 PM - 3:30PM (London, UK)

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Starts on 7th January 2024

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Course Overview

The debate recorded in al-Ghazali’s ‘Incoherence of the Philosophers’ and Ibn Rushd’s ‘Incoherence of the Incoherence’ is one of the most philosophically interesting events in the history of classical Islamic thought. Here, the cutting edge of Ghazali’s searching critique meets the depth of Ibn Rushd’s philosophical insight in clashing over the innovative synthesis of Aristotelian and Neo-Platonic thought represented chiefly by Ibn Sina. 

In this course we will examine and discuss the arguments deployed by all three parties in the debate, wherein are raised questions about the origin of the universe and the reality of time, possibility, and causality, and nature itself. The course consists of twelve units, each corresponding to a chapter of the book written by the course instructor and recently published as ‘Coherence of the Incoherence’  (2023, Gorgias Press).

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos Overview
Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos Overview
Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Historical and Contextual Understanding: By the end of the course, students will be able to contextualize the significance of the debate between al-Ghazālī and Ibn Rushd within the broader landscape of classical Islamic thought and its interactions with Aristotelian and Neo-Platonic philosophies.
  • Critical Analysis: Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate the primary arguments, counterarguments, and methodologies presented by both philosophers, discerning the strengths and weaknesses inherent in each perspective.
  • Philosophical Concepts Mastery: Students will gain a deep understanding of core philosophical concepts discussed in the debate, such as causality, the nature of time, possibility, and the intricacies of agency and act.
  • Comparative Evaluation: Through discussions and reflections, students will be equipped to compare and contrast the philosophical positions of al-Ghazālī, Ibn Rushd, and Ibn Sīnā, appreciating the nuances and innovations each brought to the discourse.
  • Application to Contemporary Thought: Students will be able to relate the insights from the classical debate to contemporary philosophical and theological discussions, recognizing the enduring relevance of the Incoherence debate in modern metaphysical and analytic theological dialogues.
Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Nature and the Cosmos Outcomes

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Are Al Balagh courses recognised or accredited?

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How is this online course structured?
Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.
When will I have access to the online course material?
Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlBalagh (our online learning portal) within 24 hours.
Will I get notification for live sessions?
All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.
Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?
We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is not compulsory for technical course progress of the students.
I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?
If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.
Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?
You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the myAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.
Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?
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I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?
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When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a Graded And Timed Exam.
How do I interact with my classmates?
You can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students. Furthermore, you can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well.
How long will I have access to the online course?
You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].
I am facing trouble signing into the “myAlBalagh” Online Student portal. What should I do?
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