Yasin Ceylan




Theology and Tafsīr in the Major Works of Fakhr Al-Dīn Al-Rāzī

By Yasin Ceylan
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, 1996.


Table of Contents

Front Matter
Preface ix
Introduction xiii
Abbreviations xix
I: Life and Works 1
His Travel
1
His Scholarship and His Critics
His Students and Contemporaries
His Death
His Works
4
11
12
13
II: Approach to the Qur'an 15
Interpretation of Particular Words
Skill in Reconciling Qur'anic Verses
Views on the Style of the Qur'an
Views on the Ambiguous Verses
Views on Abrogation in the Qur'an
17
24
29
36
42
III: Viewpoint on Creation and Arguments for Creation ex nihilo 49
Refutation of the Philosophers
The First Proof
The Second Proof
The Third Proof
The Fourth Proof
51
51
53
54
56
Arguments for the Temporality of the World
The First Proof
The Second Proof
The Third Proof
The Fourth Proof
The Fifth Proof
62
62
63
64
64
65
Arguments against the Mu'tazilite Theory that the Non-Existent is Something
Arguments for the View that Existence is an Extraneous Quality
The Mu'tazilite Proofs
Al-Rāzī's Counter-Arguments
65

67

69
72
IV: God's Existence and Divine Attributes 75
Arguments for the Existence of God
Divine Attributes
Treatment of the Philosophic Arguments against the Validity of Positive Attributes
Classification of Attributes
Positive Attributes
Divine Power
Divine Attribute of Knowledge and the Controversy on God's Knowledge of Particulars
Divine Will
Divine Attributes of Hearing and Seeing
Divine Living
Divine Attribute of Speech and the Controversy over the Nature of the Qur'an
The Visibility of God
75
86
90

97
101
103
111

122
127
133
136

146
V: Free Will and Predestination 155
VI: Prophethood 167
The Infallibility of the Prophets
172
VII: Resurrection 177
The Immortality of the Soul
Resurrection of the body
183
184
Conclusion 189
Bibliography 193
Index 201






© Prof. Dr. Yasin Ceylan, ODTÜ Felsefe Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi.