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Does time exist outside the mind or do we just imagine it? If time exists then does it exist as a static whole or as a constant flux of fleeting parts? And to what extent is time dependent on motion? This paper examines the Ottoman thinker Dawud al-Qaysari's boldly radical response to these questions in his hitherto unexplored treatise on the philosophy of time.

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This is the first examination in a Western language of al-Qaysari's treatise on the nature of time.

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This page is a summary of: Physics and Metaphysics in an Early Ottoman Madrasa: Dāwūd al-Qayṣarī on the Nature of Time, Oriens, May 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/18778372-12340014.
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