Exegesis as Polemical Discourse: Ibn Ḥazm on Jewish and Christian Scriptures

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Scholars Press, 1998 - Religion - 210 pages
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In the history of relations among Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, the encounter in medieval Spain stands out as particularly noteworthy for its intensity and creativity. This interaction generated many polemical texts presenting the competing claims of the three monotheistic faiths. One such text is the Treatise on Obvious Contradictions and Evident Lies, by the Muslim scholar Abu Mudhammad 'Ali ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (d. 1064). This study makes the content of the Treatise available to English speakers for the first time, providing a detailed description of the work and an assessment of its significance. Theodore Pulcini argues that Ibn Hazm's polemical biblical exegesis is best understood within the centuries-old tradition in which Muslim authors evaluated the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Analyzing the historical and sociocultural dynamics of eleventh-century Islamic Spain, he contends that Ibn Hazm wrote the Treatise for the purpose of effecting societal reform.
 

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Contents

IBN HAZMS LIFE AND WORK
1
THE TREATISE ON CONTRADICTIONS AND LIES
10
Works of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries C E
16
Ibn Rabbans Book of Religion and Empire and Refutation
23
Works of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries C E
29
IBN HAZMS CRITIQUE OF THE TORAH
57
Blasphemy
64
Historical Errors
70
Blasphemy against Christ as Prophet
111
Contradictions within Gospels
118
Texts That Escaped Corruption
126
IBN HAZMS CHARACTERIZATION OF JEWS
129
Conclusion
139
Islamic Doctrine
147
E Conclusion
168
Conclusion
183

Absurdities and Impossibilities
77
Divine Anthropomorphism and Inappropriate
83
Faulty Transmission
90
IBN HAZMS CRITIQUE OF THE GOSPEL AND OTHER
97
Discrepancies with the Jewish Scriptures
103
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
189
WORKS CITED
197
INDEX
207
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