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Cosmogony and cosmology, theories of the origins and structure of the Universe

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Shaikhī cosmology and cosmogony are rooted in the numerous Imami akhbār in which the origins and structure of the universe are set forth in detail. Among the earliest charges laid against Aḥsāʾī was tafwīz, imputation of God's creative activity to the imams as demiurges. Using standard Aristotelian terminology, Aḥsāʾī described the imams as the four causes of the universe: the active cause, in that the world was brought into being through them as the loci of God's will; the material cause, in that the universe is constructed from the residue of the rays of their light; the formal cause, in that God created the forms of all creatures from the lights of their bodies; and the final cause, in that God created all things for them and will return all to them.

Keywords: Aḥsāʾī cosmogony; cosmology



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