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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 valuable contribution that will help bring about some clarity for the Muslim community
Imam Zaid Shakir, Scholar in Residence, Zaytuna Institute
After the decline of the Mu`tazila in the tenth century, the rise of the Hanbalis and their insistence upon the precedence of revelation over human reason is often thought to mark an end to theological inquiry. But works such as this reveal the persistent importance of issues raised in the earliest period of debate. The Hanbali, Ibn al-Jawzi insists that the rational insistence upon the transcendence of God must temper interpretations of the anthropomorphic references to God in the Qur'an, and urges his fellow-believers to see the error of over-lite
David Thomas, Reader in Christianity and Islam, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham
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
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