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Title:
The Attributes of God
Author(s):
'Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi, Abdullah bin Hamid 'Ali
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xix + 169
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2006
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0-9552359-0-1
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Daf' Shubah al-Tashbh is a critique, censure, and refutation of the historical anthropomorphic leanings of some of the Hanbali scholars and learned. At the same time, it is a vindication of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal from the accusations of the anthropomorphism as well as the claim by some Hanbalis, that he adopted anthropomorphic beliefs, similar to theirs. Unmistakably, this work is a polemical commentary on the problematic Qur'anic verses and hadiths that fall under the mutashabih (allegorical and ambiguous) Qur'anic verses and prophetic traditions composed by the author, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597 AH), the author of the well-acclaimed book, Talbis Iblis (The Devils' Deception).

Unlike other books of this genre, this book is significant in that Ibn al-Jawzi offers an incisive critique of scholars of his own school, for which in return, Ibn al-Jawzi was criticised by those Hanbali and Hanbali-lean...

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... a scholarly translation of Ibn al-Jawzi's critical examination of sixty Islamic traditions that were at the center of an intense debate concerning the nature of God. Finely annotated by Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, this work introduces the reader to the intricacies of twelfth-century Islamic theological reasoning--reasoning that provides a basis for the critical elaboration of Islamic theology even in our times. A valuable appendix highlights and elaborates on the figurative interpretation of the Quran by early Muslim scholars; thus providing
Gerhard Bowering, Professor of Islamic Studies, Yale University
An excellent translation exposing to the English reader a major work of Islamic intellectual history and discourse. Yet this work resonates beyond the historical limits of its origins, and takes its rightful place within the present discursive landscape. Indeed, this text represents a major intervention in the literature, making it not only relevant today, but crucial to American Muslim scholarly and public discourse.
Amir Al-Islam, Distinguished Lecturer of African American History and World Civilization, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York
A valuable contribution that will help bring about some clarity for the Muslim community
Imam Zaid Shakir, Scholar in Residence, Zaytuna Institute
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