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ʿabd Al-Jabbār Ibn Aḥmad Al-Hamadhānī

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As his name indicates, ʿAbd al-Jabbār was born in Asadābād near Hamadhān in Iran. ʿAbd al-Jabbār brings in a wide variety of anecdotal and circumstantial evidence to support his overall contention that Christianity has abandoned its original purity which Christ originally brought, and that the historical forms of the faith bear little resemblance to its first proclamation that is now renewed and confirmed by Muhammad. The structure of the refutation of Christianity is easy to grasp in broad outline. The Christians continue to suggest ways in which the divine could inhere in the human Jesus without being subject to the laws of physical things, but ʿAbd al-Jabbār maintains his point that this is not possible within rational ways of understanding. The great difference between the Muslim ʿAbd al-Jabbār and his Christian opponents is brought out more openly here than almost anywhere else in the refutation.

Keywords: ʿAbd al-Jabbār; Christianity; Jesus; Muslim

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