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Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology: al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

Hussein Ali Abdulsater


According to some Muslim theologians, God is not free to act; He is bound by human ethics. To be just, He must create an individual of perfect intellect and infallible morality. People are obligated to submit to this person; otherwise eternal damnation awaits them. While these claims may be interpreted as an affront to God’s power, an insult to human judgment and a justification for despotism, Shiʿi Muslims in the eleventh century eagerly adopted them in their attempts to forge a ‘rational’ religious discourse. They utilized everything from literary studies and political theory to natural phil ... More

Keywords: Murtaḍā, Muʿtazilism, Shiʿism, theology, history, rationalism, sectarianism, Mufīd, ʿAbd al-Jabbār

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474404402
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hussein Ali Abdulsater, author
University of Notre Dame