Transcendent God, Rational World: A Maturidi Theology - Ramon Harvey

Transcendent God, Rational World: A Maturidi Theology - Ramon Harvey

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Constructs a contemporary philosophical theology from the Māturīdī tradition of kalām If reading a theological tradition is a journey into the past, is it possible to retrace our steps to discover a new way forward? In this book, Ramon Harvey revisits the Muslim theologian Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī (d. 333/944) from Samarqand and puts his system, and that of the school taking his name, into lively dialogue with modern thought. Combining rigorous study of Arabic Māturīdī texts with insights from Husserl's phenomenology and analytic theology, Harvey explores themes from epistemology and metaphysics to the nature of God and specific divine attributes (omniscience and wisdom, creative action, divine speech and the Qur'an). His systematic treatment of these topics shows that a contemporary Muslim philosophical theology, or kalām jadīd, can be true to the past, yet dynamic in the present, and can provide original and constructive answers to perennial theological questions. Key Features - Reconstructs the theological system of Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī - Explores the development of the early and classical Māturīdī tradition - Engages with contemporary philosophy and theology - Provides a systematic treatment of the divine nature and attributes - Advances the fields of Islamic philosophy of religion and kalām jadīd Ramon Harvey is Aziz Foundation Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Ebrahim College. He is the author of The Qur'an and the Just Society (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and series editor of Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Scripture and Theology

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Edinburgh University Press . 2021. 280 pages. Hardback.