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Propagating Mu'tazilism in the VIth/XIIth Century Zaydiyya: The Role of al-Hasan al-Rassās

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While Mutazilism had become marginalized in Sunni Islam by the VIth/XIIth century, the reception of Basran Mutazilī thought experienced a sudden rise among the Zaydīs of Yemen. Their Imams began officially supporting the transfer of Basran Mutazilī texts and doctrines to Yemen. As a result, an indigenous Basran Mutazilī school emerged and preserved numerous Mutazilī theological sources, which would otherwise have been lost. One of the most important representatives of this school was al-asan al-Raā (d. 584/1188). This article provides an outline of al-Raā’ biography and of his extensive body of works in order to show his importance for the spread of Basran Mutazilī thought among the Zaydī community.

Affiliations: 1: Freie Universität (Berlin)


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