Introduction to Dialectic Theology: al-Bidāyah of Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī
Prerequisites: THEO101, THEO102 or the instructor’s approval
Requirements: Students will have a mid-term and a final exam.
The course consists of an intensive study of Sharḥ al-ʿAqā’id al-Nasafiyyah of al-Taftāzānī (d.793/1390) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of advanced works of Kalām (dialectic theology). Al-Taftāzānī’s work is a commentary on the influential creed of the Ḥanafī theologian Najm al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ ʿUmar al-Nasafī (d. 537/1142) and is distinguished by the impartiality and sophistication of its critique of theological arguments based on reason.
Comparative Dialectic Theology: Abū Muʿīn al-Nasafī’s Tabṣirat al-Adillah I