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8 An Outline of al-Māturīdī’s Teachings

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This chapter discusses teachings of al-Maturīdī. Al-Maturīdī explains why people follow numerous false beliefs and heresies, and then clarifies which pathways of knowledge should be tread instead so that all the correct insights of religion can ultimately be attained. He presents his alternatives confidently, and as expected, displays an optimistic perspective on what can possibly be known. The consequences that follow from this epistemological framework are important for our subsequent examinations because they essentially determine the form in which al-Maturīdī argues and demonstrates his arguments. On the contrary, he is concerned with reiterating these principles explicitly when he states that a certain argument is based on the impressions of the senses, rational inferences, or statements of transmission.

Keywords: al-Maturīdī; Islamic theology; Kitab al-Tawhid



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