A Guide to the Conclusive Proofs
for the Principles of Belief :
Kitab Al-Irshad Ila Qawati Al-Adilla Fi Usul Ati Tiqad,
* [A5+] Large Paperback - 288 pages,
by Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni [d.478h],
Translated by : Dr. Paul E Walker,
Reviewed by Dr. Muhammad S. Eissa,
Part of the 'Great Books of Islamic Civilisation.'
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This work, commonly known simply as a (The Guide) is a major classic of Islamic theology. Its author, Imān al-Haramayn al-Juwayni, may Allah be pleased with him, (d. 478/1085), was the leading Ash‘arite (Sunni) theologian of his time but he was more famous for his many important treatises on the principles of law and for having been the teacher of the great Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him. Nevertheless, his writings in the field of theology, especially the present book, represent the high point of its development in the Islamic world until then.
Here the master sets out systematically what he considered the sure proofs for the principles of any discourse about God and His attributes, about what must be said concerning Him, and how the human being should understand what is possible in respect to God.
About the Author : Imam al-Haramayn : Dhia' ul-Din Abd al-Malik ibn Yusuf al-Juwayni al-Shafi'i (Persian: امام الحرمین ضیاءالدین عبدالملک ابن یوسف جوینی شافعی, 1028—1085 CE; 419—478 AH) was a Persian Sunni Shafi'i faqih and mutakallim. His name is commonly abbreviated as Al-Juwayni; he is also commonly referred to as 'Imam al Haramayn,' meaning "leading master of the Two Holy Cities", that is, Makkah and Madinah.
About the translator: The translator, Paul E. Walker, gained his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations at the University of Chicago and is a historian of ideas at the same university. He specializes in various aspects of Islamic thought in its classical phase (from the ninth to twelfth century) and has written a number of books about individual figures from that period.
Table of Contents :
---About this Series,
---Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilisation,
------Al-Juwayni's Life and Career,
------Al-Juwayni and Islamic Theology,
------The Content of the Irshad,
------The Arabic text of the Irshad and the present translation.
A Guide to the Conclusive Proofs for the Principles of Belief,
---Section . Character of Reason,
---Section . The True Nature of Knowledge,
---Section . The Doctrine of the World's Contingency,
---Section . A Statement affirming the Knowledge of the Maker,
---Section . A Statement of What Attributes God Requires,
---Section . The Knowledge of God's Absolute Oneness,
---Section . Affirming Knowledge of Qualifying Attributes,
---Section . A Statement Affirming Knowledge of the Attributes,
---Section . A Statement of the Meaning of the Names of God, the Exalted,
---Section . A Statement of What is Possible for God,
---Section . Proof that the Vision of God is Possible,
---Section . A Statement about the Creation of Acts,
---Section . The Doctrine of Capacity and its Characteristic Property,
---Section . The Doctrine of Justice and Injustice,
---Section . The Doctrine of the Good and the Best,
---Section . A Statement in Proof of the Prophetic Missions,
---Section . A Statement of the Way in Which a Miracle Proves the Veracity of the Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace,
---Section . The Doctrine about Proving the Prophecy of our Prophet Muhammad, May Allah bless him and grant him peace,
---Section . The General Characteristics of the Prophets,
---Section . The Doctrine Concerning the Evidence from Tradition,
---Section . On Time Limits,
---Section . On Subsistence,
---Section . On Prices,
---Section . On Commanding the Good and Prohibiting the Reprehensible,
---Section . On Resurrection,
---Section . On Various Characteristics of the Afterlife as Stipulated in Tradition,
---Section . On Reward & Punishment, the Spoiling of Human Acts, & the Refutation of the Mu'tazilites, the Khawarij, and the Murji'a on the Promise and the Threat,
---Section . On Names and Characteristics,
---Section . On Repentance,
---Section . The Doctrine of the Imamate,
---Section . On the Various Categories of Reports in the Tradition,
---Section . On the Denial of Succession to the Imamate by Designation and the Affirmation of Election,
---Section . On Election, It's Characteristics, and How the Imamate is to be Invested,
---Section . Our Doctrine Affirms the Imamate of Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthman, and Ali, may Allah be pleased with them all.
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*Dimensions : 23.9 x 16.6cm.