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The Formative Period of Islamic Thought - Prof. W. Montgomery Watt

The Formative Period of Islamic Thought

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This text gives a formative account of the development of Islamic thought from the death of Muhammad in 632, to 950. It demonstrates how various religions and political movements within Islam contributed to what has become standard form, including the positive contribution of sects later regarded as heretical, and the key interaction of religion and politics. Drawing on many previously unresearched Arabic sources, it presents a comprehensive, balanced and clear picture of the main lines of philosophical development in this important period.

Introduction
The Beginnings (632-750)
The Kharijites
Proto-Shi'ite Phenomena under the Umayyads
The General Religious Movement
God's Determination of Events
Faith and Community
The Century of Struggle (750-850)
The Establishment of the 'Abbasids
The Attraction of Reasoning
The Great Mu'tazilites
The Triumph of Sunnism (850-945)
The Polarity of Sunnism and Shi'ism
The Maturing of Sunnite Theology
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9781851681525
ISBN-10: 1851681523
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: 5th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 13.46  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition