Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Thought

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Religion - 255 pages
Before Revelation studies the development of Muslim jurisprudential and theological thought as expressed in the extensive dispute over the assessment of acts that took place before the arrival of Revelation.

Between the ninth and nineteenth centuries Muslims debated, often fiercely, the question, "What is the value of an act--moving from place to place, breathing, or eating a tasty food, for instance--before Revelation arrives?" That is, Muslims, whose existence as Muslims derived from the Qur'anic Revelation, debated whether acts could be called "good," or "reprehensible," before the Qur'an. This book analyzes that prolonged debate from a History of Religions perspective, using sources from the Muslim sciences of jurisprudential theory (usal-fiqh) and theology (kalam).
 

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Contents

Development and Doxography
10
The Three Positions
29
The Permitted Position
38
No Assessment
62
Translation of a Section from alFusfilff lUsfil 0falJa_s_sas
79
Translation of a Section from Kitab alMustasfafi ilm alusfll
87
Thanking the Benefactor
107
Ignoring Ontology
161
Conclusions
177
Plotes
185
Bibhography
231
Index
247
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A. Kevin Reinhart is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.

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