The Refutation Of Him [Ibn Taymiyya] Who Attributes Direction To Allah
Al-Raddu 'Ala Man Qala bil-Jiha
By Ibn Jahbal Al-Kilabi
Introduction : Shaykh Wahbi Sulayman Ghawji
Translation And Notes : Gibril Fouad Haddad
Hardback 352 Pages
ISBN : 9780954754082
Publisher : Aqsa Publications
About The Book
This short theological tract, Fi Nafi al-Jiha, or On Denying Direction to God, by the Ashari theologian and celebrated Shafi'i jurist, Qadi Ibn Jahbal (d. 733/1333), is a clinical rebuttal of the controversial fatwa, the Aqida Hamawiyya, penned by his legendary contemporary, Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328).
It is considered, rightly, a classic manifesto of anti-literalism, which will be an indispensable reference for advanced students of Islamic theology, other professional theologians, and modern academics needing primary source materials in English or a source book on the controversies surrounding Ibn Taymiyya's theology.
This work also embodies, moreover, a contemporary exercise in polemic representing the longstanding views in the conformist tradition of Muslim theology, whether via ta'wil or tafwid, and whether in the schools of the Asharis, Maturidis or Hanbalis.
In particular, it pits itself against one of the two opposite non-conformist readings of the Quran and Sunnah; and in general, it highlights the pitfalls of a literalistic mindset which plagues all scripturally-based religions.
About The Translator
Gibril Fouad al-Haddad holds scholarly licences (ijaza) from 150 shaykhs and has authored dozens of books and hundreds of articles in Islamic hermeneutics, doctrine, hadith, biography and heresiology. He was hailed in the inaugral edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World as one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West.
His recent works include:
He currently resides in Brunei, Darrussalaam.
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