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early Muslims who first developed the new Islamic sciences were by no means living in comfortable isolation in the Arabian Peninsula. Just thirty years after the Prophet’s death, the Muslims found themselves at the helm of a vast cosmopolitan empire that stretched from western Libya to the eastern

In: Ibn Taymiyya on Reason and Revelation
Author: Etan Kohlberg

1 Introduction Students of Imāmī Shiʿism have long noticed the central place which taqiyya in its various forms occupies in the life and thought of Shiʿis. Some scholars have explained this phenomenon by referring to the position of the Shiʿis as a minority within the surrounding Sunni

In: In Praise of the Few. Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History
Author: Etan Kohlberg

Uṣūlī position, that the single most important source of law is the traditions of the Imams. These provide the community with an infallible guide to all aspects of life; they are also indispensable for a correct understanding of the Qurʾan and the Prophet’s utterances. Indeed, without the exegesis of

In: In Praise of the Few. Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History

harbor a “true” meaning that, unsurprisingly, coincides precisely with what has been derived through reason. Ibn Taymiyya sees this tendency exhibited in its most extreme form by the Muslim philosophers, who reduce revelation primarily to the status of an ethical motivator for the masses and essentially

In: Ibn Taymiyya on Reason and Revelation