Humanism and Islamic Ethics
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In 945 the Khalifs of Baghdad fell under the control of Buyid dynasts risen from the ranks of their Daylamite soldiery. The century that followed climaxed a period of fragmentation for the no longer young Islamic state. But it was also an era when ambitious princes sought the patina of legitimacy and trappings of stability through patronage of poets, painters, scholars, scientists and philosophers. Commercial and administrative skill, military prowess and discipline were avenues to fortune; and such worldly virtues were widely prized, even as pietism and traditionalism were framing a response. The individualism, occasional secularism, scepticism, even liberalism to be found among the pensioners of the Islamic courts support comparisons of the era to the Italian Renaissance of the 12th century (Kraemer 1986a, b; Mottahedeh, 1980). Confirming the parallel is the systematization of Arabic and Islamic studies during the period. The catalyst in both eras, translated texts of Greek philosophic, scientific, and technical works.