Muslim opposition to logic and theology in the light of the works of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911/1505)

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Muslim opposition to logic and theology in the light of the works of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911/1505)

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Muslim opposition to logic and theology in the light of the works of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911/1505)
Author: Ali, Mufti
Publisher: Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-11-04
Keywords: al-Suyuti
Abstract: This study tries to answer the question of what we can learn from four works by the Egyptian polymath, Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911/1505) about the history of Islamic condemnation of logic and theology, in addition to the light shed on this subject by modern scholarship. Al-Suyuti's works used in this study are (1) al-Qawl al-Mushriq (QM) (2) Jahd al-Qariha, (3) Sawn al-Mantiq (SM), and (4) his Fatwa against logic. In these works, al-Suyuti invites us to take a fresh look at the much debated issues of the origins and status of theology and logic in Islam. As a staunch defender of the prophetic sunna, he discussed these issues at several stages of his intellectual development. The result was a rich documentation of the history of the opposition to theology and logic in Islam, which deserves to be taken into account fully by modern scholars studying these issues. In his four works, al-Suyuti endeavors to persuade his readers that logic was opposed by 68 prominent scholars. An analysis of the contents of these four works indicates that hostility to logic did become a predominant feature of Sunni traditionalism, especially during the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries. A prosopographical study of the opponents of logic mentioned by al-Suyuti shows that logic was condemned by distinguished Sunni scholars in Valencia, Fez, Aleppo, Iraq, and Mecca, and especially also in Egypt and Syria. Thus, the study of a newly-discovered QM manuscript and of al-Suyuti's fatwa confirms the veracity of al-Nashshar's reference, in 1947, to one of al-Suyuti's works discussed here, SM, explaining that al-Suyuti's SM constitutes the most complete encyclopaedia dealing with the (Islamic) criticism of Greek logic.
Description: Promotor: P.S. van Koningsveld With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculty of Theology
Citation: Ali, M., 2008, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: Indonesian-Netherlands Cooperation for Islamic Studies (INIS)

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