History of Islam in German Thought

The history of Islam PS

This 2019 Bosnian translation of History of Islam in German Thought: From Leibniz to Nietzsche (2010) is a concise overview of the perception of Islam in eight of the most important German thinkers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries allows a new and fascinating investigation of how these thinkers, within their own bodies of work, often espoused contradicting ideas about Islam and their nearest Muslim neighbors. Exploring a variety of ‘neat compartmentalizations’ at work in the representations of Islam, as well as distinct vocabularies employed by these key intellectuals (theological, political, philological, poetic), Ian Almond parses these vocabularies to examine the importance of Islam in the very history of German thought. Almond further demonstrates the ways in which German philosophers such as Hegel, Kant, and Marx repeatedly ignored information about the Muslim world that did not harmonize with the particular landscapes they were trying to paint – a fact which in turn makes us reflect on what it means when a society possesses ‘knowledge’ of a foreign culture.

Historija Islama U Njemackoj Misli: Od Leibniza Do Nietzchea, El Kalem, 2019

Ian Almond