Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism

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BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 270 pages
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The Muslim jurist Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) is famous for polemic against Islamic philosophy, theology and rationalizing mysticism, but his positive theological contribution has not been well understood. This comprehensive study of Ibn Taymiyya's theodicy helps to rectify this lack. Exposition and analysis of Ibn Taymiyya's writings on God's justice and wise purpose, divine determination and human agency, the problem of evil, and juristic method in theological doctrine show that he articulates a theodicy of optimism in which God in His essence perpetually wills the best possible world from eternity. This sets Ibn Taymiyya's theodicy apart from Ash?ar? divine voluntarism, the free-will theodicy of the Mu?tazil?s, and the essentially timeless God of other optimists like Ibn S?n? and Ibn ?Arab?.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Worship Religious Epistemology and Theological Jurisprudence
19
Gods Wise Purpose Perpetual Activity and SelfSuffi ciency
70
Gods Creation and Gods Command
103
Gods Creation of Acts in the Human Agent
136
The Wise Purpose and Origin of Evil
177
Worlds
211
Conclusion
229
Bibliography
239
Index
255
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Jon Hoover, Ph.D. (2002) in Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham, is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology, Beirut. He has published articles on the theology of Ibn Taymiyya and Christian-Muslim comparative theology.

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