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AAR REFLECTION AND THEORY STU RELIGION

The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology

Toward a Theory of Maqasid al-Aqida

Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour

The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology

AAR REFLECTION AND THEORY STU RELIGION

The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology

Toward a Theory of Maqasid al-Aqida

AAR REFLECTION AND THEORY STU RELIGION: The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology

 

In The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology, Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour introduces a new field of inquiry to the Islamic tradition by basing it on a scheme of core values (Truth, Justice, Beauty), instead of a scheme of hudud (penalties), arguing that the tradition's current overemphasis on law (justice) has relegated both theology (truth) and Sufism (beauty) to the periphery of the tradition.


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Beschrijving AAR REFLECTION AND THEORY STU RELIGION: The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology

In the Islamic tradition, fiqh (Islamic law) is generally regarded as the science of furū'al-dīn (matters complementary to the Islamic faith), as opposed to kalām (Islamic theology) which is known as the science of uṣūl al-dīn (matters primary to the Islamic faith). Over time, however, fiqh has significantly surpassed Kalām in terms of cognitive maturation and epistemic
development. In The Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology, Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour argues that far too little attention has been paid to parallel developments in Islamic theology. Consequently, the theological project in the Islamic tradition has largely become limited to definitions and deliberations about the nature and qualities of the transcendent God, and has barely developed as a
systematic discipline devoted to the higher objectives of Islamic theology, similar to those of Maqāṣid al-Sharī?a (higher objectives of Islamic law).

Addressing this gap and drawing on the full-fledged genre of Maqāṣid al-Sharī?a, this study aims to develop a genre of Maqāṣid al-?Aqīda (higher objectives of Islamic theology) based on a scheme of core values (Truth, Justice, Beauty), instead of a scheme of ḥudūd (penalties). Arguing that the tradition's current overemphasis on law (Justice) has relegated both theology (Truth) and Sufism (Beauty) to the periphery of the
tradition, Abdelnour illustrates how this marginalisation of theology and Sufism leaves less room for an "ethical Islam" and instead prioritises "legal" and "political Islam." In shifting the focus from law to theology, the book thereby grapples with such questions as: why did Islamic theology fail to develop a systemic genre of Maqāṣid al-?Aqīda? How do we chart out a
map to guide the process of founding such an area? In what ways can the emerging Maqāṣid al-?Aqīda benefit from the well-established Maqāṣid al-Sharī?a? What are the ramifications of having an underdeveloped theology?


ISBN
9780197648636
Pagina's
200
Verschenen
Serie
AAR REFLECTION AND THEORY STU RELIGION
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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