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 Tabṣirat al-Adillah I