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Al-Radd Al-Jamīl: Al-Ghazālīs Or Pseudo-Ghazālī's?

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This chapter first gives a brief summary of its contents and examines what can be learnt from the external evidence and the internal evidence in turn. It attempts to answer the question of who did write Al-Radd Al-Jamīl. The chapter discusses the major themes raised in this book, its importance as a polemical work which refutes the concept of the divinity of Jesus, and its connection with the ṣūfī understanding of this concept. In the course of this discussion the chapter shows that the external evidence against attributing this work to al-Ghazālī, though significant, cannot prove that al-Ghazālī could not have written the book. The book is mentioned and quoted by the thirteenth-century scholar Ibn al-Ṭayyib, who himself is probably quoting from a Muslim work which seems to pre-date the thirteenth century.

Keywords: al-Ghazālī; Al-Radd Al-Jamil; divinity of Jesus



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