Beings and Their Attributes: The Teaching of the Basrian School of the Mu'tazila in the Classical Period
Presents a classification and analysis of the metaphysics of the predominant tradition of Mu-tazila--that of Basra--in the period of the highest development (AD 900-1050). This is the first of the major schools of Sunni Muslim theology and their metaphysics, and the first book to deal with the underlying theoretical principles of earlier Islamic theology.
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Abd al-Gabbar abu Hasim abu l-Hudhayl abu Rasid act of knowing actuality agent akwdn al-Baqillani al-Gubba'i al-Muqtadab alibi Arabic AS'arites asserted atom atom's attri autonomous action Basrian Mu'tazila belong bihd bihi body bute Cairo cause cited composite concerning context d-ddti ddlika denote derived distinct distinguished effect entailed entitative accident entity Essence essential attribute existence expression giha gins God's grammarians ground gumla haqiqa hukm huwa alayhi ibid Ibn Mattawayh Id lin-nafsi wa-ld inherence inna Islamic kaldm kawn kawnuhu kd'in kdna l-lati lahu later literary Arabic living ma'na md huwa motion Mu'tazilite nonexistent noun object occupying space ontological particular perceiving perception philologians position predicate present qddir qualified qudra references Sarh Say'un sense Sibawayh sifa sifatin simply speaking specifically statement substrate ta'lif term thing thing-itself tion verb virtue wdhid yakunu Zayd