Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism
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Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism

By J. Hoover
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This comprehensive study of Muslim jurist Ibn Taymiyya

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One Worship, Religious Epistemology and Theological Jurisprudence
    • Ibn Taymiyya as a Theological Jurist
    • The Centrality of Worshipping God Alone
    • The Correspondence of Reason and Revelation
    • On Knowing that God Exists and that He Alone should be Worshipped
    • The Methodology of Theological Jurisprudence
    • The Apologetic Quality of Ibn Taymiyya’s Theological Jurisprudence
  • Chapter Two God’s Wise Purpose, Perpetual Activity and Self-Sufficiency
    • The Problematic of God’s Goodness and God’s Self-Sufficiency
    • Joseph Bell on God’s Wise Purpose and Self-Sufficiency in Ibn Taymiyya’s Theology
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Classification of Views on Wise Purpose/Causality in the Will of God
    • The Ash'arī Case against Causality in the Will of God: It Entails Imperfection and Origination in God, as well as an Infinite Regress
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Case for a God Who Acts Perpetually for Wise Purposes and Creates from Eternity
    • Ibn Taymiyya on God’s Voluntary Acts Subsisting in God’s Essence
    • Ibn Taymiyya on God’s Sufficiency apart from the Worlds in the Exercise of Wise Purpose
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Three God’s Creation and God’s Command
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Creation/Command Hermeneutic
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Classification of Errors in Creation and Command
    • Ibn Taymiyya: Analogy Is the Cause of Error in Creation and Command
    • Modes of Expressing Creation and Command in Ibn Taymiyya’s Thought
    • Ibn Taymiyya Defending the Coherence of Creation and Command
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Four God’s Creation of Acts in the Human Agent
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s View of the Human Act in Prior Research
    • The Theological and Philosophical Context
    • Ibn Taymiyya on the Compatibility of Divine Creation and Human Action
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s View of Divine Creation by Means of Secondary Causes
    • Ibn Taymiyya on Controversial Kalām Terms Relating to Human Agency
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Compatibilism as the Golden Mean (wasat)
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Five The Wise Purpose and Origin of Evil
    • Ibn Taymiyya and the Explanation of Evil in Islamic Theodicies
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Evil Attribution Typology
    • Ibn Taymiyya on God’s Wise Purposes in the Creation of Evil
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Location of the Origin of Evil in Nonexistence ('adam)
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Six The Justice of God and the Best of All Possible Worlds
    • Introduction
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Three-fold Typology on God’s Justice ('adl)
    • Ibn Taymiyya on God’s Power and al-Ghazālī’s Best of All Possible Worlds
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
    • Ibn Taymiyya’s Writings
      • Collected Works with Abbreviations
      • Ibn Taymiyya’s Treatises with Short Titles
      • Works of Others Found in the Collected Works of Ibn Taymiyya
    • Other Arabic and Western Language Sources
  • Index
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