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Open Access Worship, Religious Epistemology And Theological Jurisprudence

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Worship, Religious Epistemology And Theological Jurisprudence

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This chapter examines the methodology of Ibn Taymiyya's theological fiqh in greater detail, as well as key elements of his ethics and theology that will prove helpful for making sense of his theodicy. After first elaborating the role that Ibn Taymiyya gives to worship in his religious vision, it turns to religious epistemological foundations for knowing that God exists and that He alone should be worshipped. The chapter examines how Ibn Taymiyya delineates what should be said about God's attributes and acts so as to give God the highest praise. Ibn Taymiyya's methodology may be characterized most precisely, albeit awkwardly, as apologetic theological jurisprudence. Ibn Taymiyya's theodicy comes into view as a valiant juristic effort to find the best way to give God the highest praise in the face of seemingly intractable rational dilemmas.

Keywords: God; Ibn Taymiyya; religious epistemology; theological jurisprudence; worship



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