Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism
J. Hoover
Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism

This comprehensive study of Muslim jurist Ibn Taymiyya

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
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
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)
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)
Chapter Six The Justice of God and the Best of All Possible Worlds
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
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
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