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The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology



Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Tim Winter, M. Abdel Haleem, Khalid Blankinship, Hossein Ziai, Oliver Leaman, Sajjad Rizvi, Ahmed El Shamsy, Nader El-Bizri, David Burrell, Stefan Stelzer, Yahya Michot, Ayman Shihadeh, William C. Chittick, Umar F. Abd Allah, Toby Mayer, Paul Hardy, Marcia Hermansen
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521785495


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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.

    • Provides a thorough introduction to Muslim theology
    • Assumes no specialist knowledge of the subject
    • Covers key aspects of doctrine, scriptural interpretation, law and ethics, and mysticism
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    ".. .well-edited collection of essays... . This volume makes an important contribution to readers' knowledge of Islam's intellectual history. Highly recommended." --Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521785495
    • length: 347 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 2 x 2 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Tim Winter
    Part I. Historical Perspectives:
    1. The Koran and Hadith M. Abdel Haleem
    2. Early kalām Khalid Blankinship
    3. Falsafa Hossein Ziai
    4. The developed kalām 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Intro to Islamic Law
    • Intro to Qur'anic Arabic
    • Introduction to Early Islamic History
    • Islamic Theology and Philosophy
    • Islamic Theology: 600-1300
    • Religion of Islam
    • Theological Foundations of World Religions
  • Editor

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


    Tim Winter, M. Abdel Haleem, Khalid Blankinship, Hossein Ziai, Oliver Leaman, Sajjad Rizvi, Ahmed El Shamsy, Nader El-Bizri, David Burrell, Stefan Stelzer, Yahya Michot, Ayman Shihadeh, William C. Chittick, Umar F. Abd Allah, Toby Mayer, Paul Hardy, Marcia Hermansen

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