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Muslim Theology and
Islamic Mysticism I/II - Abdal Hakim Murad (T. J. Winter)
After thoroughly addressing the first dimension of Islam in his first four lectures of this series, Abdal Hakim uniquely explores the final two dimensions in Islam of Iman and Ihsan. This talk, which consists of two parts, is another highly intellectual discourse about a vast religious science. The speaker begins by providing a historical background in an effort to identity the processes that brought this science about. this lecture effectively paints a colourful picture of the nature of the spiritual life in Islam and examines its foundation. What does the Qur'an say about these two types of higher knowledges, iman and ihsan? how does the Muslim come to know GOD if He cannot be seen? And what about the early Islamic controversies of free will vs. predestination and the existence or 'problem' of evil? How does Islam answer the age-old philosophical questions of why the world exists and what the purpose of life is?
About Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim J Winter)
Timothy J Winter graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then studied Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.
In 1989, Tim Winter (AKA Abdal Hakim being his
Muslim Name ) returned to England and spent two years at the University of
London learning Turkish and Farsi . Also a University Lecturer in Islamic
Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, England, and
Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College.
His research work focuses on Muslim-Christian relations, Islamic ethics and the study of the Orthodox Muslim response to extremism. He is particularly known for his translations and namely his Al-Ghazali series
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