Saturday, June 20, 2009
This bibliography for Islamic Studies is the last of our compilations covering religious worldviews in the Directed Reading series. We thus have bibliographies for Hinduism, Classical Chinese Worldviews, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam here at Ratio Juris. The length of the latest list is owing to an ardent professional and personal interest in Islamic Studies, particularly Islamic philosophy and theology, Islamic mysticism (Sufism), and Islamic art and architecture. The fact that I can speak of a "professional interest" in this subject is owing largely to the remarkable generosity, kindness and guidance of Oliver Leaman, Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky. Oliver Leaman is a prolific philosopher, both within Judaic and Islamic philosophy and outside his areas of specialization (e.g., books on death and dying, in film studies, and on friendship), having written or edited some two dozen works of the highest caliber. I want to avail myself of this forum to thank him publicly for giving me the opportunity to publish in this field, beginning with an invitation to contribute to a groundbreaking work in the discipline, namely, the two volume Biographical Encyclopedia of Islamic Philosophy (2006).