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Anthropomorphism in Islam: The Challenge of Traditionalism (700-1350)

Livnat Holtzman


More than any other issue in early and medieval Islamic theology, anthropomorphism (tashbīh) stood at the heart of many theological debates. These debates were not purely intellectual; they were intrinsically linked to political struggles over hegemony. The way a scholar interpreted the anthropomorphic descriptions of God in the Qur’an and the Hadith (for instance, God’s hand, God’s laughter or God’s sitting on the heavenly throne) often reflected his political and social stature, and his theological affinity. This book focuses on aḥādīth al-ṣifāt – the traditions that depict God and His attri ... More

Keywords: Islamic theology, Quran, Hadith, traditionalism, anthropomorphism, aḥādīth al-ṣifāt, theological controversies, gestures, Hanbalism, Ashʿarism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780748689569
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Livnat Holtzman, author
Bar-Ilan University