Author

Qatar University - College of Sharia and Islamic Studies

10.34278/aujis.2023.181043

Abstract

  Textbooks "mutūn" were a significant contribution of the post-classical scholars. This genre gained great interest, especially in the non-Arabic regions, and it still represents a foundation of many private Islamic madrasas.
This paper aims to unfold this genre's main features, by relying on the descriptive and comparative approach and focusing on some late māturīdī writings. It shows how mutūn could rectify and revise the previous opinions, avoiding degression and repetition. This genre was distinctive in its tolerance of competing views, its combination of rational and scriptural evidence, and the intensive presence of logic in service of theology, and it showed the distinction of abbreviations over lengthy ones, and I did not find any previous study that dealt with this issue.




This study shows the importance of conducting a similar analysis of the late Ashʿarī mutūn. The study also recommended the development of a program in Sharia schools that responds to contemporary suspicions related to the creed. The mutūn books are far from many of these suspicions

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