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Theology as Translation: Ibn Taymiyya's Fatwa permitting Theology and its Reception into his Averting the Conflict between Reason and Revealed Tradition (Darʾ Taʿāruḍ al-ʿAql wa l-Naql): Ibn Taymiyya's Fatwa permitting Theology

Hoover, Jon; Mahajneh, Marwan Abu Ghazaleh

Theology as Translation: Ibn Taymiyya's Fatwa permitting Theology and its Reception into his Averting the Conflict between Reason and Revealed Tradition (Darʾ Taʿāruḍ al-ʿAql wa l-Naql): Ibn Taymiyya's Fatwa permitting Theology Thumbnail


Authors

JON HOOVER JON.HOOVER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Islamic Studies

Marwan Abu Ghazaleh Mahajneh



Abstract

The Ḥanbalī jurist Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328) wrote his famous tome Darʾ Taʿāruḍ al-ʿAql waʾl-Naql (Averting the Conflict between Reason and Revealed Tradition) in Damascus sometime after 713/1313 to critique the “universal rule” (qānūn kullī) of the Ashʿarī kalām theologian Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d. 606/1210).2 According to al-Rāzī’s rule, precedence must be given to reason when reason and revelation conflict, and, when reason contradicts the plain sense of a revealed text, that sense must be either reinterpreted to accord with reason or delegated to God and given no further reflection.3 Ibn Taymiyya rejects al-Rāzī’s rule with 44 considerations or arguments (wujūh) of widely varying length to make the claim that there is in fact no conflict between reason and revealed tradition. Reason properly understood and the texts of revelation are in complete accord.

Citation

Hoover, J., & Mahajneh, M. A. G. (2018). Theology as Translation: Ibn Taymiyya's Fatwa permitting Theology and its Reception into his Averting the Conflict between Reason and Revealed Tradition (Darʾ Taʿāruḍ al-ʿAql wa l-Naql): Ibn Taymiyya's Fatwa permitting Theology. Muslim World, 108(1), 40-86. https://doi.org/10.1111/muwo.12229

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 24, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 6, 2018
Publication Date 2018-01
Deposit Date Nov 25, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2018
Journal The Muslim World
Print ISSN 0027-4909
Electronic ISSN 1478-1913
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 108
Issue 1
Pages 40-86
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/muwo.12229
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/909805
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/muwo.12229/abstract
Contract Date Nov 25, 2016

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