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Chapter Seven

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Chapter Summary

Al-Lamaṭī cites numerous passages in the Qur͗ān that indicate that God is capable of bringing forth something 'more wonderful than what is'. The first group consists of scholars who reject al-Ghazzālī's view outright, criticizing him for using the methods of the philosophers and the Muʿtazilites. The second group of scholars approve of al-Ghazzālī's words and attempt to explain them in an acceptable way. The third group consists of those who believe the controversial words are falsely ascribed to al-Ghazzālī. The Book and the Sunna are used to draw conclusions in matters of transmitted religious science where reason doesn't play a role. Here is the essence of providing appropriateness and the most appropriate which is the essence of the Muʿtazilites' doctrine. This book he adorned with examples from jurisprudence and speculative theology.

Keywords: al-Ghazzālī; Al-Lamaṭī; Muʿtazilites



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