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Title: The theological epistemology of al-Qāḍī ʻAbd al-Jabbār
Author: Ibrahim, Mohd Radhi
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis is about al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's thought on theological epistemology. It aims to study thoroughly the relation between al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's theory of knowledge and his theology. It also considers how epistemological discussion have been developed in Islamic theology from the early stage of Islam until the fourth/eleventh century. The thesis is divided into four chapters and structured as follows. Chapter one describes the historical context of al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's theological epistemology, which includes his biography, the socio-political background of his time and the development of epistemology in Islamic theology prior to his time. Chapter two considers al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's view regarding the theory of knowledge, in particular the definition and the division of knowledge. Both will be examined in order to explain how his theory of knowledge relates to his theory. Chapter three examines the possibility of human knowledge of God according to al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar. Topics discussed include the question of why we need to know God and what the ways to know God are. Chapter four analyses the relationship between al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's theory of knowledge and his religious ethics. The topics discussed include the knowledge of good and evil, the role of intellect and the concept of human obligation (al-Taklif). As a final point, the thesis offers a brief conclusion in which al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's distinctive views on theological epistemology are summed up.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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