A rare case of biblical "testimonies" to the prophet Muḥammad in Muʿtazilite literature: quotations from Ibn Rabban al-Ṭabarī’s "Kitāb al-Dīn wa-l-Dawla" in Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Basrī’s "Ġurar al-Adilla", as preserved in a work by al-Ḥimmaṣī al-Rāzī

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Abstract

The text presented in the following pages is a chapter from al-Munqiḏ min al-taqlīd,¹ a compendium of Muʿtazilite theology composed in the year 581/1185 by the Imāmī Muʿtazilite Sadīd al-Dīn Maḥmūd b. ʿAlī b. Ḥasan al-Ḥimmaṣī al-Rāzī, who died after 600/1204.² The chapter that is edited and translated here deals with the biblical passages that were adduced by Muslims as proof of the veracity of the prophethood of Muḥammad.³ It is of great scholarly interest for a number of reasons. First of all, it contains extensive quotations from a work, now lost, by the well-known Muʿtazilite theologian Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Baṣrī...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuslim Perceptions and Receptions of the Bible
Subtitle of host publicationTexts and Studies
EditorsCamilla Adang, Sabine Schmidtke
Place of PublicationAtlanta, Georgia
Publisher Lockwood Press
Pages203-227
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781948488204
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameResources in Arabic and Islamic studies
Volume11

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Bible -- Evidences, authority, etc -- History
  • Bible -- Islamic interpretations
  • Islamic literature -- History and criticism
  • Motazilites
  • Muhammad -- Prophet -- -632

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