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2 Theodore Abū Qurra (c. 750–c. 830)

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It would be reasonable to estimate that Theodore Abū Qurra was born in or shortly after the middle of the eighth century. In terms of the Islamic intellectual context, the two most substantive testaments to Abū Qurra's engagement with Islam include the work written against him by al-Murdār and a report of a debate held at the court of al-Maʾmūn. As a result of the particular context in which Abū Qurra lived, there are a number of themes which can be detected across his works. Some of them are: what the human mind can know about God; and the relationship between faith and reason. His treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity lies within in a wider treatment of the nature of God and a particular emphasis on the divine nature of the Son.

Keywords: al-Maʾmūn; al-Murdār; doctrine of the Trinity; Islamic intellectual context; nature of God; Theodore Abū Qurra

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