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Ibn Taymiyya's Theological Ethics

Sophia Vasalou


Among the topics that played a foundational role in classical Islamic debates about value, two stand out: What makes actions good, and how do human beings know it? In the Islamic milieu, different theologians offered sharply diverging answers to these questions, respectively a question about ethical ontology and ethical epistemology. Using these questions as a focus and drawing on a number of key texts, this book offers a reading of Ibn Taymiyya’s ethical thought that is analytically rigorous yet sensitive to its ambiguities. In doing so, it sheds fresh light on the status of reason in Ibn Tay ... More

Keywords: Ibn Taymiyya’s ethics, reason and revelation, Muʿtazilite theology, Ashʿarite theology, Avicenna, Islamic theological ethics, legal theory, maq,āṣid al-sharīʿa, maṣlaḥa, fiṭra

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199397839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199397839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophia Vasalou, author
Library of Arabic Literature Fellow, NYU Abu Dhabi, London