Nature, Man and God in Medieval Islam (2 vols.)

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A contemporary to Thomas Aquinas in Latin Catholic Italy, and with a parallel motivation to stabilize each his own civilization in its flux and storm, ‘Abd Allah Baydawi of Ilkhan Persia wrote a compact and memorable Arabic Summation of Islamic Natural and Traditional Theology. With the same strokes of his pen he presented the Islamic version of the Science of Theological Statement, bafflingly called "Kalam" while familiarly embracing "Theology".
Baydawi's Tawali‘al-Anwar min Matal‘al-Anzar (Rays of Dawnlight Outstreaming from Far Horizons of Logical Reasoning), with Mahmud Isfahani's commentary, is a formidably clear logical and mental vision of mankind's final completion as a spiritual structure in Islam.
Reality - in nature's Possible mode, in an apodictic Divine mode, and in humanity's heroic Prophetic mode - comprises man's Worldview and is the Theme of the Baydawi/Isfahani discourse. The Edifice of Man and Humanity's evanescent Evidence within it are both hugely arresting and moving.

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James Pollock received in November 2007 the MELA Award for outstanding lifetime achievement.
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The present 2-volume translation is the culmination of decades of work first by Calverley (deceased, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Hartford Seminary) and Elmer Douglas (Hartford Seminary), who worked on the translation from c.1930-1975. In 1975 Pollock (former Near East Librarian, U. of Indiana; he was a student of both men at the seminary) took over as editor and translator. Pollock has provided a lengthy introduction outlining the lives and works of the two 13th- and 14th-century theologians, whose works follow in translation. The work of Baydawi draws and comments on the works of Ibn Sina and Fakhr al-Din Razi, among others. The theologian Mahmud Isfahani's commentary on Baydawi's text was written in 1332-1340. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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James W. Pollock M.A. (1961) in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Hartford Seminary, is Retired Librarian for Near Eastern Studies at the Indiana University Library, Bloomington. Pollock edited and recast E.E. Calverley's translation draft of the Baydawi - Isfahani Summation of Islamic Theology.
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