The Attributes of God: Ibn al-Jawzi's Daf' Shubah al-Tashbih bi-Akaff al-Tanzih

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This highly controversial treatise, written in the 12th century by one of Islam’s most prolific writers, takes a strong stance against fellow Hanbali traditionists, refuting those who espoused an anthropomorphic conception of God. The nuances surrounding the intense debate of figurative interpretation and literalism in the medieval Muslim world are clearly translated and accessible to the layperson as well as Islamic scholars, while detailed appendices delve deeper into the way medieval intellectuals interpreted ambiguous Koranic texts and provide thorough biographies of great theological thinkers of the Muslim world.

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'Abd al-Rahman al-Jawzi was the Imam of the Hanbalis and is considered one of the most prolific Islamic writers to date. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is an Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pennsylvania. He lives in Philadelphia. Khalid Yahya Blankinship is an associate professor and chair of the department of religion at Temple University. He is the author of The End of the Jihad State: The Reign of Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik and the Collapse of the Umayyads. He has also translated two volumes of The History of al-Tabari. He lives in Philadelphia.

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