SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Post-Ghazālian theology: What were the lessons to be learned from Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī

Philosophical Theology in Islam
Professor Ulrich Rudolph (University of Zurich)

Date: 1 September 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 1 September 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Kamran DJAM Lecture Theatre (Formerly G2)

Type of Event: Lecture

The Ash‘arī school is the dominant and most influential school of theology and philosophical theology in pre-modern Islam, and still exerts considerable influence, mostly implicit, on contemporary Islamic thought. In many respects, however, it remains sorely understudied. Emerging in the 10th century as a school of rational theology (kalām), Ash‘arism developed during the 12th century into a school of philosophical theology, which continued to thrive across the Muslim world until the advent of modernity. Focusing on the later phase of the school’s history, this lecture is part of a conference aiming to offer an array of perspectives, ranging from investigations of philosophical and theological theories to explorations of regional, institutional and socio-political contexts within which the school developed.


Free and open to the public

Philosophical Theology In Islam: The Later Ash`ari Tradition Conference on 2-3 September 2014

Organiser: Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

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