God Willing: the Ash’arites, by Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King’s College London, is the author several books, including The Arabic Plotinus (2002) and Great Medieval Thinkers: al-Kindi (2007) and Philosophy in the Islamic World (2016), and hosts the History of Philosophy podcast (https://www.historyofphilosophy.net/).

God Willing: the Ash’arites
Al-Ash’arī puts his stamp on the future of Islamic theology by emphasizing God’s untrammeled power and freedom.

Further Reading

M. Allard, Le problème des attributs divins dans la doctrine d’al-Ashʿarī et de ses premiers grands disciples (Beirut: 1965).

R.M. Frank, “Bodies and Atoms: the Ash’arite Analysis,” in Medieval Islamic Thought, ed. M.E. Marmura (Toronto: 1984), 39-53.

R.M. Frank, Early Islamic Theology: the Muʿtazilites and al-Ashʿarī (Aldershot: 2007).

R. McCarthy (trans.), The Theology of al-Ashʿarī (Beirut: 1953).

P.E. Walker (trans.), Imām al-aramayn al-Juwaynī: a Guide to Conclusive Proofs for the Principles of Belief (Reading: 2000).

H.A. Wolfson, The Philosophy of the Kalām (Cambridge MA: 1976).


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