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This front matter section of the book Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism contains the table of contents and acknowledgements. The book provides a plausible and reasonably well substantiated ethical and theological horizon against which to interpret Ibn Taymiyya's theodicy. As for the inspiration of Ibn Taymiyya's theodicy, Ibn Sina is more proximate than Plato, although Plato certainly lies in the distant background. The direct influence of Ibn Taymiyya's optimism is found in diverse places as the work of the prominent Pakistani modernist Fazlur Rahman and a detailed volume on good and evil published in Egypt by Muḥammad al-Sayyid al-Julaynad.

Keywords: Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy; perpetual optimism



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