Tag Archives: Islamic theology

Overview of Muslim beliefs in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

This encyclopedia entry surveys the beliefs of Muslims, presenting them not as a set of agreed-upon doctrines but as an ongoing argument over seven main topics: God, creation, humanity, prophethood, ethics, salvation, and the Muslim community.

David R. Vishanoff. “Religious Beliefs.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics, ed. Emad El‑Din Shahin, vol. 2, 321–337. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

I find it useful as an introductory reading for my class on Islamic Theology. Unfortunately, it was written “for hire” for OUP, and cannot be made available here. It is accessible in the printed encyclopedia and at this link in Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

A Mu`tazilite defense of abrogation “against the Jews”

Rough translation, for teaching purposes, of a Mu`tazilite defense of abrogation, framed as an argument against the Jews, from from [Abu Rashid al-Nisaburi?], Ziyadat sharh al-usul (Word file).

Al-Shatibi on the Sunna’s relationship to the Qur’an

Rough translation, for teaching purposes, of selections from al-Shatibi, al-Muwafaqat, on the Sunna’s relationship to the Qur’an (Word file).

Manna` al-Qattan on the Qur’an and its relationship to Hadith

A rough translation, for teaching purposes, of selections from Manna` al-Qattan, Mabahith fi `ulum al-qur’an (Word file).

Mu`tazilite arguments for the created nature of the Qur’an (`Abd al-Jabbar)

A rough translation, for teaching purposes, of selections from `Abd al-Jabbar / Mankdim, Sharh al-Usul al-Khamsa (available as an html file on my old web site and as a Word file).