Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Thought

Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Thought

by A. Kevin Reinhart

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Overview

Studies the development of Muslim jurisprudential and theological thought by analyzing the dispute that raged from the ninth to the nineteenth century over the assessment of acts that took place before the Qur'anic Revelation.

Before Revelation studies the development of Muslim jurisprudential and theological thought as expressed in the extensive dispute over the assessment of acts that took place before the arrival of Revelation.

Between the ninth and nineteenth centuries Muslims debated, often fiercely, the question, "What is the value of an act—moving from place to place, breathing, or eating a tasty food, for instance—before Revelation arrives?" That is, Muslims, whose existence as Muslims derived from the Qur'anic Revelation, debated whether acts could be called "good," or "reprehensible," before the Qur'an. This book analyzes that prolonged debate from a History of Religions perspective, using sources from the Muslim sciences of jurisprudential theory (usal-fiqh) and theology (kalam).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791422908
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/16/1995
Series: SUNY series in Middle Eastern Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.93(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

A. Kevin Reinhart is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

Preface

Conventions

Part I: Introduction and Overview

1. Introduction

2. Development and Doxography

Part II: The Three Positions

Introduction

3. Acts are Proscribed (mahzur)

4. The Permitted Position

5. "No Assessment"

Appendix: Two Translations of "Before Revelation" Texts

Translation of a Section from al-Fusul fi l-Usul of al-Jassas

Translation of a Section from Kitab al-Mustasfa fi 'ilm a-usul
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Part III: Thanking the Benefactor

6. God As Patron: Thanking the Benefactor

Appendix: An Early Debate on Thanking the Benefactor

Part IV: The Background

7. Conceptual Sources of the Problem

8. Abu l-Hudhayl and the Early Mu'tazilah

9. The Basrans: Moral Ontology and Epistemology

10. The Critique of the Mu'tazliah: Ignoring Ontology

Part V: Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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