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Trajectories in the Development of Islamic Theological Thought: the Synthesis of Kalam

Shah, Mustafa (2007) 'Trajectories in the Development of Islamic Theological Thought: the Synthesis of Kalam.' Religion Compass, 1 (4). pp. 430-454.

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Abstract

The field of Islamic theology (kalam) is not merely a receptacle for the presentation of the creedal statements and doctrinal catechisms of Islam; it derives its raison d’être not only from the articulation and elucidation of the doctrines of faith, but also by means of its rational and painstaking explication of dogma. While many of the dogmatic statements expressed in Islamic theology naturally emanate from a traditional substratum, countless more are the result of dialectical discussions as theologians expounded upon abstract constructs of religious dogma. Recent academic research is exploring the history, trends, and conceptual achievements behind the Islamic experiment with theology, providing insights into the tradition’s ability to integrate, refine, and expand theological constructs. Scholars are also concerned with issues such as origins, authenticity, and ascription, although such matters are not deflecting attention from the rich stock of resources and materials kalam has to offer.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/j.1749-8171.2007.00026.x
Depositing User: Mustafa Shah
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2009 11:44
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5816

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