IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 724: Between Heresy and Condemnation

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Anna Pegoretti, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian, University of Leeds
Paper 724-aCave hic: New Rules for Reading al-Ghazali in the Latin West
(Language: English)
Anthony Minnema, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Paper -a:
Latin translations of Muslim philosophy came under scrutiny in the late 13th century. In 1277, Stephen Tempier condemned the teaching of 219 philosophical doctrines, many of which originated from these translations. Giles of Rome also compiled a list of the errors of Arabic philosophers around 1270. Historians debate these condemnations’ effects on the writings of later scholars, but there is less discussion on how these new rules affected the reading of Islamic philosophy. I argue that manuscripts containing a translation of al-Ghazali’s Aims of the Philosophers shed light on how the condemnations entered into reading practices after the 13th century.