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Mutazilites

 

founders of a rationalistic trend in early Muslim theology; the trend arose during the Arabian Caliphate in the eighth century. The original founder of Mutazilism is considered to be Wasil ibn Ata (699–748). The theoreticians of Mutazilism rejected many of the dogmas of orthodox Islam: the existence of attributes of god independent of him; anthropomorphism; and the dogma of the noncreatedness of the Koran, which regarded the Koran as merely one of the creations of god. The Mutazilites recognized the freedom of the human will and declared human reason to be the highest criterion for the norms of morality. The Mutazilites also attempted to reconcile classical dialectical-rationalistic thought with the fundamental principles of the Islamic world view.

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Beliaev, E. A. Musul’manskoe sektantstvo. Moscow, 1957.
Petrushevskii, I. P. Islam ν Irane ν VII-XV vekakh. Leningrad, 1966. Pages 203–13.
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In addition, it makes a difference whether an usuli belongs to the school of the theologians (mainly Mu'tazilis and Shafi'is) or the jurists (Hanafis).
42) Specifically on the issue of interpreting divine attributes, Mu'tazilis (43) categorically denied them (ta'til), explaining away these predicates figuratively (ta'wil): God's "hand" symbolizes His power, istiwa' His seizure or occupation of a thing by force, and the like, whereas Ash'aris affirmed God's attributes like "knowledge" ('ilm), "will" (irada), "power" (qudra), "life" (hayat), "hearing" (sam'), "sight" (basar), "speech" (kalam), "face" (wajh), "eyes" (a'yun), and so forth, linking them to the eternal divine essence (dhat) but "without asking how" (bi-la kayf).
It has generally been held that his work was ignored by Mu'tazili scholars of his time, and passed down among students of medicine for a century until it was revived and espoused by a Mu'tazili leader in Central Asia a century later.
321/973), another Mu'tazili theologian, tried to modify the theory of Nazzam by considering the importance of the expressive power of the wording, jazalat al-lafz, alongside the beauty of the meaning, husn al-ma'na, to claim the eloquence of a given discourse.
Ibn Mattawayh's treatise is thus structured in terms of basic Basran Mu'tazili ontology, which distinguishes between atoms (jawahir) and their aggregates, including organisms such as human beings, and the various accidents (a'rad) that may inhere in these atoms.
Yet its detailed exposition had to await the discovery and publication of Mu'tazili texts following the Egyptian expedition to Yemen in the 1950s.
111) The amir did not make any provisions, and Ibn 'Abbad encouraged Mu'ayyid al-Dawla to seek repentance and instructed him in the Mu'tazili doctrine of repentance in the moments prior to his death.
370/980), despite his Mu'tazili commitments, rejected the idea that maslaha could serve as the ratio legis in analogical reasoning because God's purpose for humans generally "lies beyond the grasp of human intellect" (p.
bar]m: Atoms, Space and Void in Basrian Mu'tazili Cosmology (Leiden: E.
For instance, Helmut Gatje's The Qur'an and Its Exegesis covers a much wider spectrum of themes than On the Nature of the Divine, but its first nine sections are almost entirely derived from two medieval commentaries: the Mu'tazili al-Zamakhshari (d.
It was a neat move against both Mu'tazili rationalists and Hanafi juristic reasoners.