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The Art of Logic is a necessary tool for any serious study of the traditional sciences. A correct understanding of the embedded reasoning and argumentations within works of Theology and Fiqh without a solid grasp of Logic is virtually impossible. Without the Art of Logic readers of traditional texts and students of traditional sciences cannot trust their understanding of what they study and read. This course provides students of knowledge with all the necessary concepts and rules of Logic that are necessary for their studies. It covers all the essential topics of Formal Logic as summarized by one of the most prominent Philosophers and Logicians in the Islamic Tradition, Imam Athir al-Din al-Abhari.

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Short Intro: This course is an introduction to the rules of Logic. It covers all the essential topics of formal Logic as summarized by one of the most prominent philosophers and logicians in the Islamic tradition, Imam Athir al-Din al-Abhari.
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Isaghuji by Imam Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) is the most popular foundational logic primer in traditional Islamic schools (madrasas). It provides students with the necessary basic principles and introduces them to the key terminologies and methodologies of Logic. Isaghuji continued to attract teachers and students since it was written until today. It received a wide and favorable reception from scholars and elicited numerous commentaries and super-commentaries, perhaps more than any other Logic primer in the Islamci tradition.

About the Author:

Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) is famous as a philosopher, logician, and astronomer, but he was also a scholar of Islamic Theology (kalam) and Sacred Legal Theory (usul al-fiqh). His primer on Logic is his most famous work, studied in religious seminaries all over the Islamic world ever since it was written all the way down to the present day. His contributions to Islamic Philosophy were also widely acknowledged and were given large attention by philosophers and theologians, especially his primer Hidayat al-Hikmah, which was an official textbook for Islamic Philosophy since it was authored.

Who is this course for:
  • This course is specifically aimed towards students of Sacred Sciences, and more broadly towards students, teachers and educators of other fields of knowledge.
  • This is a Level Two course, but beginners are also welcome.
  • This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in reasoning and argumentation, thinking skills, deep-reading and communications of ideas.
Learning outcomes:
  • distinguish concepts and claims.
  • analyze forms of reasoning and deduction.
  • analyze definitions and descriptions of concepts.
  • analyze proofs for claims and arguments.
  • classify proofs and argumentations.
  • differentiate between validity and soundness of arguments.
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