Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought Paperback

Theoretical Compromises in the Works of Avicenna, Al-Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi

by Maria De Cillis;


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Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought

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The subject of "human free-will" versus "divine predestination" is one of the most contentious topics in classical Islamic thought. By focusing on a theme of central importance to any philosophy of religion, and to Islam in particular, this book offers a critical study of the intellectual contributions offered to this discourse by three key medieval Islamic thinkers: Avicenna, al-Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi. Through investigation of primary sources, Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought establishes the historical, political and intellectual circumstances which prompted Avicenna, al-Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi's attempts at harmonization. By analysing the theoretical and linguistic 'techniques' which were employed to convey these endeavours, this book demonstrates that the three individuals were committed to compromise between philosophical, theological and mystical outlooks.
Arguing that the three scholars' treatments of the so-called qada wa'l-qadar (decree and destiny) and ikhtiyar (free-will) issues were innovative, influential and fundamentally more complex than hitherto recognized, this book contributes to a fuller understanding of Islamic intellectual history and culture and will be useful to researchers interested in Islamic Studies, Religion and Islamic Mysticism.

Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought by Maria De Cillis was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in October 2016. The ISBN for Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought is 9781138242746.

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Page last updated 1st December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (October 2016)
Number of Pages272
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781138242746
ISBN-101138242748
Product Code4492969
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