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By Gabriel Reynolds

ISBN-10: 9004139613

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In 385 AH/AD 995 the Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar, renowned for his Mu'tazili theological writings, wrote the affirmation of the Proofs of Prophecy, a piece that features a artistic polemic opposed to Christianity. 'Abd al-Jabbar reinterprets the Bible, Church heritage (especially the lives of Paul and Constantine) and Christian perform to argue that Christians replaced the Islamic faith of Jesus. the current paintings starts with an exam of the arguable conception that this polemic was once borrowed from an unknown Judaeo-Christian staff. the writer argues that 'Abd al-Jabbar's polemic is healthier understood as a reaction to his specific milieu and the on-going inter-religious debates of the medieval Islamic global. via studying the lifestyles and considered 'Abd al-Jabbar, besides the Islamic, Christian and Jewish antecedants to his polemic, the writer uncovers the intimate dating among sectarian controversy and the improvement of an Islamic doctrine on Christianity.

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The fruitful genre of Mu'tazilì kalàm stems from this small seed. ; Watt, Formative Period, 209ff. 22 See van Ess, TG, 2:339. Notice the case of Îiràr b. 'Amr (d. 200/815), who is said to have denied the eternity of the Qur"àn and the divine attributes but also to have believed in God’s qadar. Thus he is referred to in the sources variously as a Mu'tazilì and a forerunner of Ash'arì. See Watt, Formative Period, 189. 23 Van Ess, “The Beginning of Islamic Theology,” The Cultural Context of Medieval Learning (Boston: D.

143) and the report of a 7th century Bishop of Iona, named Adomnan, who writes that during his pilgrimage to Palestine he met “believing Jews” there (pp. 146–7). He interprets both of these reports as witnesses of a Judaeo-Christian community. ” 63 See J. ” (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003), 361–72. Gager summarizes the Pines-Stern debate and, noting the statement of J. ) that Pines has found few followers, turns to the article of Crone. With this article, Gager concludes (p. 2. Some Problems with the Judaeo-Christian Thesis As I mentioned above, Pines argues that the place of the Mosaic Law and the Hebrew language in the Critique precludes the possibility that this is an Islamic work.

The Zaydì al-Qàsim b. Ibràhìm al-Rassì (d. 246/860), author of a famous anti-Christian polemic, reports that Óafß engaged in a formal religious debate with a Coptic Christian. See van Ess, TG, 2:734. 50 Works entitled Radd 'alà l-naßàrà are attributed to both of them. G. Monnot maintains that Îiràr was the first to write a specifically anti-Christian work. See his “Les doctrines des chrétiens dans le ‘Moghni’ de 'Abd al-Jabbàr,” Mélanges de l’Institut dominicain d’études orientales 16 (1983), 14.

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