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The Attributes of God and the Purpose of Creation: Readings in Islamic Theology (TH-646)
Fall 2004

In 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 Nasr.  


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.

Ingrid Mattson
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9531


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