The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology

The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology

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Edited by Tim Winter

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 347 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 20mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521785499
  • ISBN 13: 9780521785495
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 151,239

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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.

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Tim Winter is University Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

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'... a reader-friendly volume faithful to the Cambridge series' promise to 'provide an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject for new readers and non-specialists'.' The Muslim World Book Review 'Tim Winter (University of Cambridge) has brought together fifteen essays on classical Islamic theology at an opportune time, given sentiment today, alerting us to developments in critical understanding of the early period of Islam (in this book, between the seventh century and the sixteenth), and showing us how key theological issues were teased out by various scholars and schools. In doing this, the companion succeeds in mediating what is often a marginalized area of Islamic studies for the ordinary reader ...' Reference Reviews

Table of contents

Introduction Tim Winter; Part I. Historical Perspectives: 1. The Koran and Hadith M. Abdel Haleem; 2. Early kalam Khalid Blankinship; 3. Falsafa Hossein Ziai; 4. The developed kalam tradition Oliver Leaman and Sajjad Rizvi; 5. The social construction of orthodoxy Ahmed El Shamsy; Part II. Themes: 6. God: essence and attributes Nader El-Bizri; 7. Creation David Burrell; 8. Ethics Stefan Stelzer; 9. Revelation Yahya Michot; 10. Cosmology and the existence of God Ayman Shihadeh; 11. Worship William C. Chittick; 12. Theology and jurisprudence Umar F. Abd Allah; 13. Theology and mysticism Toby Mayer; 14. epistemology and divine discourse Paul Hardy; 15 Eschatology Marcia Hermansen.