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Knowledge Is Islam (Theology And Religious Science)

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The root ʿ-l-m occurs frequently in the literature concerned with the traditions of the Prophet. The traditionist discussion of knowledge can be said to serve basically two purposes. First and foremost, it is intended to clarify the proper method and educational procedure to be followed in the study of traditions. Secondarily, it wishes to stress the essential relationship of knowledge with the faith of the true religion, as it considers knowledge a fundamental part of it. The phrase “knowledge of God” is ambiguous in English, since it may have God as either the subject or the object of knowing. The two subdivisions that are concerned with matters physical are physical medicine and irrational living beings, that is, human beings and dumb animals.

Keywords: ʿ-l-m; Islam; Knowledge



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