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Unsaying God: Negative Theology in Medieval Islam

Aydogan Kars


What cannot be said about God, and how can we speak about God by negating what we say? Traveling across prominent negators, denialists, ineffectualists, paradoxographers, naysayers, ignorance-pretenders, unknowers, I-don’t-knowers, and taciturns, Unsaying God explores the negative theological movements that flourished in the first seven centuries of Islam. It shows that there were multiple and often competing strategies for self-negating speech in the vast field of theology. By focusing on Arabic and Persian textual sources, the book defines four distinct yet interconnected paths of negative s ... More

Keywords: negative theology, Islamic theology, Sufism, apophaticism, intellectual history, medieval Islam, Islamic thought, Ismailism, Islamic philosophy, anthropomorphism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190942458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190942458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aydogan Kars, author
Lecturer, Centre for Religious Studies, Monash University

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