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Prophecy in Islam : philosophy and orthodoxy

Author: Fazlur Rahman
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1979.
Series: Midway reprints.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fazlur Rahman
ISBN: 0226702820 9780226702827
OCLC Number: 5306286
Notes: Reprint of the 1958 edition published by Allen & Unwin, London.
Description: 118 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: I. The doctrine of intellect --
1. Al-Farabi --
II. Prophecy. 1. The intellectual revelation --
2. The technical of imaginative revelation --
3. Miracles, prayer, theurgy --
4. The mission and the law --
III. Philosophical doctrine and the orthodoxy --
1. Ibn Hazm --
2. Al-Ghazali --
3. Kalam al-Shahrastani --
4. Ibn Taymiya --
5. Ibn Khaldun --
Concluding remarks.
Series Title: Midway reprints.
Responsibility: Fazlur Rahman.

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This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the varying degrees of acceptance of these convergent ideas by the Muslim orthodoxy. The latest edition of this classic text includes a new foreword by Islamic studies expert Michael Sells, confirming Prophecy in Islam as the best source on its subject after more than half a century. This longstanding and highly regarded volume is the first to explore the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a critical and definitive area of Islamic religious and political thought. In it, the esteemed Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman traces the inception of this doctrine from ancient Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration by Muslim philosophers in order to suit their vision of the Prophet, and, finally, the varying degrees of acceptance of these convergent ideas by the Muslim orthodoxy. -- Publisher description.

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