THEO198

THEO198 Introduction to Dialectic Theology: al-Bidāyah of Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī

Course ID
THEO198
Department
Theology
Level
Intermediate
Core or Elective
Elective
Faculty

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 al-Bidāyah fī Uṣūl al-Dīn of Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī (d. 580/1184) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of Kalām (dialectic theology). Al-Ṣābūnī’s work is his abridgement of his longer work al-Kifāyah fī l-Hidāyah. Ṣābūnī introduces the student to comparative theology, discussing debates among Muslim theologians and between Muslims and non-Muslims with clarity and conciseness.

Comparative Dialectic Theology: Abū Muʿīn al-Nasafī’s Tabirat al-Adillah I