The Cambridge companion to classical Islamic theology /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Winter, T. J.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st. ed.
Series: Cambridge companions to religion,
Online Access: Online version
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An immense amount of progress has been made over the past half century in extending the horizons of readers' understanding of Islamic intellectual history. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of theology, thanks in large measure to the work of scholars such as J. van Ess, R. Frank, D. Gimaret, W. Madelung, and W. M. Watt, among others. The essays in this collection attempt to provide an updated account of the work that has been done over the last several decades on various facets of Islamic theology, including its relationship to law, ethics, and philosophy. The term "classical" in the volume's title is interpreted somewhat loosely to cover the period dating from the 8th century to roughly the 18th, though the five centuries between the 8th and the 13th attract somewhat fuller coverage. This is a well-edited collection of essays that will interest all who care about Islam's theological achievements and their implications for developments within other traditions, especially Christianity, given its centuries-old preoccupation with theological concerns. This volume makes an important contribution to readers' knowledge of Islam's intellectual history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. M. Swartz Boston University

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