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Before Revelation : the boundaries of Muslim moral thought

Author: A Kevin Reinhart
Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, [1995]
Series: SUNY series in Middle Eastern studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Before Revelation studies the development of Muslim jurisprudential and theological thought as expressed in the extensive dispute over the assessment of acts that took place before the arrival of Revelation. Between the ninth and nineteenth centuries Muslims debated, often fiercely, the question, "What is the value of an act moving from place to place, breathing, or eating a tasty food, for instance - before  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reinhart, A. Kevin, 1952-
Before Revelation.
Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)623321460
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A Kevin Reinhart
ISBN: 9780791422892 0791422895 9780791422908 0791422909
OCLC Number: 30156381
Description: xii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Introduction and Overview. 2. Development and Doxography --
pt. II. The Three Positions. 3. Acts Are Proscribed (mahzur). 4. The Permitted Position. 5. "No Assessment" --
Appendix: Two Translations of "Before Revelation" Texts. Translation of a Section from al-Fusul fil-Usul of al-Jassas. Translation of a Section from Kitab al-Mustasfa fi'ilm al-usul Abu Hamid al-Ghazali --
pt. III. Thanking the Benefactor. 6. God As Patron: Thanking the Benefactor --
Appendix: An Early Debate on Thanking the Benefactor --
pt. IV. The Background. 7. Conceptual Sources of the Problem. 8. Abu I-Hudhayl and the Early Mu'tazilah. 9. The Basrans: Moral Ontology and Epistemology. 10. The Critique of the Mu'tazilah: Ignoring Ontology --
pt. V. Conclusions.
Series Title: SUNY series in Middle Eastern studies.
Responsibility: A. Kevin Reinhart.

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Before Revelation studies the development of Muslim jurisprudential and theological thought as expressed in the extensive dispute over the assessment of acts that took place before the arrival of Revelation. Between the ninth and nineteenth centuries Muslims debated, often fiercely, the question, "What is the value of an act moving from place to place, breathing, or eating a tasty food, for instance - before Revelation arrives?" That is, Muslims, whose existence as Muslims derived from the Quranic Revelation, debated whether acts could be called "good," or reprehensible," before the Quran. This book analyzes that prolonged debate from a History of Religions perspective, using sources from the Mulsim sciences of jurisprudential theory (usul al-fiqh) and theology (kalam).

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