Al-Fārābī who was conferred the distinguished title of al-Mu‘allim al-thānī (The Second Teacher), is here sympathetically portrayed as a deeply religious man—a true Muslim—whose life and thought was essentially shaped and influenced by Islamic teachings contained in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. It was on the basis of the Qur’an and Hadīths that al-Fārābī sought to formulate an intellectual response to Greek thought. His Islamization of Greek science and philosophy should be of considerable interest to Muslim scholars today when the Muslim ummah is confronted with perhaps the most serious intellectual challenge in its history.
AL-FARABI: Life, Works and Significance
with a New Preface
Osman Bakar, a doctorate in Islamic philosophy is currently Holder of Al-Ghazali Chair of Epistemology and Civilizational Studies and Renewal at ISTAC-IIUM and Emeritus Professor in Philosophy of Science at University of Malaya.
He was also formerly Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Dr Osman is author and editor of 41 books and numerous articles on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilisation. His most well-known book is "Classification of
Knowledge in Islam" (1992). His latest work (ed.) is "Colonialism
in the Malay Archipelago: Civilisational Encounters" (2020).
He has been named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the
world since 2009.