Theology and Tafsir in the major works of Fakhr Al-Din Al-Razi.
Fakhr al-Din al-Razi was the most celebrated scholar
of the sixth Islamic century, famous throughout the Muslim
world as a philosopher, theologian and exegetist. However
despite this undisputed eminence his contribution to
Islamic thought has not yet been properly evaluated.
This thesis aims at exposing some of his ideas by a
systematic analysis of his thoughts as presented in his
major work so
This thesis first presents what little biographical
information we have for his life (Chapter I) and proceeds
to the study of his major work, his tafsir (Chapter II).
Then follows a detailed analysis of five major problems
which occupied al-Razi's mind throughout his scholarly
life: Creation (Chapter III), God's existence and Divine
Attributes (Chapter IV), Free Will and Predestination
(Chapter V), Prophethood (Chapter VI) and finally
Resurrection (Chapter VII). These topics are also major
issues which have concerned Islamic theologians in all
ages. . The thesis offers a brief conclusion in which
al-Razi's distinctive views on these issues are summed up.