"Free Will" and Divine Predestination in Islamic Theology. One of the most intensely debated issues in the long history of Islamic rational theology (kalam) was how to reconcile our human sense of being free agents who are responsible for our voluntary acts with divine omnipotence and predestination. This seminar will offer a sample of some of the more influential contributions to the topic by prominent Islamic theologians from the 11th to the 19th centuries belonging to various theological schools: Ash'ari, Maturidi, Mu'tazili, Hanbali, Sufi and Imami Shi'i. Prerequisites: Three years of Arabic or the permission of the instructor. Students will be expected to read approx. 15-20 pages of classical Arabic per week.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Arabic 250r
Course location to be announced.
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