COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
Attributes of God and the Purpose of Creation:
Readings in Islamic Theology
this class we will examine the essential questions of theology
through the eyes of Muslim scholars over the centuries.
How does one understand the attributes of God without
falling into anthropomorphism?
What is the role of reason in interpreting revelation?
Are humans truly free to choose their own destiny?
In what way can we understand the Qur'an to be
"God's speech" without undermining God's
transcendence? Is paradise only for Muslims?
These are the questions we will explore in our readings
of classical and pre-modern theologians, including al-Ash`ari,
al-Maturidi, al-Ghazali, Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and
modern theologians including Fazlur Rahman and Sayyed Hossein
Day, Time and Dates:
14 – Friday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
this is an intensive five-day course, full attendance and
participation are absolutely necessary.
Students will be graded for participation and will lose
points for unexcused absences from class.
will submit two 300-word book reports on a book approved by the
research paper must be on a topic approved by the instructor.
In addition to any monographs the student may find on the
paper topic, he or she must also consult the "Index
Islamicus," the "Religion Index" or another
source to search for relevant scholarly articles.
The student is encouraged to submit a draft of the paper
before the final due date. Students
should follow Hartford Seminary guidelines for writing research
papers. A copy of
these guidelines are available from the course instructor or the
Book reports and final paper/project due: August 15.
If you can at least start reading these books before class,
you will get more out of the lectures and discussions.
I will also be handing out a number of articles and other
readings during class.
Faith and Practice of al-Ghazali,
translated by W. Montgomery Watt (Oxford:
A. Jackson, On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in
Islam: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s
Faysal al-Tafriqa (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2002).