Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic
Translation and Notes by Asad Q. Ahmed; General Editor: S. Nomanul Haq
This book offers for the first time a complete scholarly translation, commentary, and glossary in a modern European language of the logic section of Ibn Sina's (d. 1037 ce) very important compendium al-Najat (The Deliverance). The original, written in Arabic, is the product of the middle period of the most renowned Muslim philosopher and physician, known in the Latin West as Avicenna. Avicenna's logical system took as its starting point the Aristotelian and the Peripatetic tradition, but diverged from these in fascinating and original ways. The system presented by him became the standard of reference and focus of further elaboration, debate, and innovation in the Islamic scholarly tradition, deeply influencing both the 'traditional religious' sciences (such as theology and law) and the naturalized Greek system (such as metaphysics). Because the Najat is both comprehensive and relatively terse, this translation, which has been the diachronic subject of study in various madaris and has a number of attached commentaries and glossaries, will be useful to those who do not read Arabic, but who wish to gain an overview of Avicenna's logic.
Asad Q. Ahmed, PhD, Princeton (2007), is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and Mellon Foundation Member in Islamic Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2010–2011). He has published on Islamic intellectual history and early Islamic social history, including The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz (P&G, University of Oxford, 2011).
Syed Nomanul Haq (PhD, University College London) is currently a senior member of the faculty in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Prior to this and following his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, he served on the standing faculty of Brown University and of the University of Pennsylvania. Trained broadly in medieval Islamic intellectual history, he has published widely in the fields of the history of philosophy and of science, and has also written on religion and science, environmental philosophy, as well as cultural history. Recently he held the position of Scholar-in-Residence at the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.