9780521780582

The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521780582

  • ISBN10:

    0521780586

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This series of critical reflections on the evolution and major themes of pre-modern Muslim theology begins with the revelation of the Koran, and extends to the beginnings of modernity in the eighteenth century. The significance of Islamic theology reflects the immense importance of Islam in the history of monotheism, to which it has brought a unique approach and style, and a range of solutions which are of abiding interest. Devoting especial attention to questions of rationality, scriptural fidelity, and the construction of 'orthodoxy', this volume introduces key Muslim theories of revelation, creation, ethics, scriptural interpretation, law, mysticism, and eschatology. Throughout the treatment is firmly set in the historical, social and political context in which Islam's distinctive understanding of God evolved. Despite its importance, Islamic theology has been neglected in recent scholarship, and this book provides a unique, scholarly but accessible introduction.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Historical perspectives
Qur'an and hadithp. 19
The early creedp. 33
Islamic philosophy (falsafa)p. 55
The developed kalam traditionp. 77
The social construction of orthodoxyp. 97
Themes
God: essence and attributesp. 121
Creationp. 141
Ethicsp. 161
Revelationp. 180
The existence of Godp. 197
Worshipp. 218
Theological dimensions of Islamic lawp. 237
Theology and Sufismp. 258
Epistemology and divine discoursep. 288
Eschatologyp. 308
Indexp. 325
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