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On rare occasions they serve as parenthetical punctuation. While the effused universe is distinguished from this Being, the generated universe none the less maintains a unitary relationship with the source of gredk own existence. What is embedded in natural intelligence are qualities necessary to the object qualified, qualities which may or may not occur in the mind.

In the same vein, an essence in itself is neither universal nor particular, and in order for it to become universal, 42 al-Radd, 71 The hearer [of this definition] can also form a concept without being told anything at all. He could never resist the urge to move into another, albeit related, issue That loogicians thought so, we deduce from, among other things, his letter to his mother.

If he knows both, he will form a concept of ‘man’ without a definition. Thanks be to God, who sent the honourable messengers with pure laws, and peace be upon our master Muhammad, who is sup- ported by clear and manifest miracles, and upon his noble and good family and companions.

He was never distracted by the multiplicity and variety of uses agqinst which logic was put in Islamic religious discourse. It was a number of the fundamental rules which govern this theory that Ibn Taymiyya set out to refute. It is because this point was neglected that corruption seeped into the intellects and religion of many people. Further on the technical signification of agains terms see the following: Sign in to use this feature. Ibn Taymiyya answers that it does not.


He had to vindicate his claim, and he did so by writing two treatises of his own in refutation of logic, namely, al-Qawl al-Mushriq and Sawn al-Mantiq.

See Ibn Rajab, Dhayl, i. This is in every way an excellent book. On the role of matter in the argument for the eternity of the World, see Davidson, Proofs,and the sources cited therein.

In his work Against the Logicians, Sextus Empiricus reports that as early as Socrates, logic—which kind we do not know—encountered the opposition of a number of Greek thinkers. Both analogy and the syllogism yield certitude when their subject-matter is veridical, and they result in mere probability when their subject-matter is uncertain.

In other words, his abridgement is not paraphrastic: He therefore set out to refute philosophical logic, a gfeek which culminated in one of the most devastating attacks ever levelled against the logical system upheld by the early Greeks, the later commentators, and their Muslim followers.

The available evidence points to the contributions of Suhrawardi, Baghdad! To this we say that the discussion revolves around four points, two negative and two affirmative.

The realism of this doctrine was bound to lead to a theory of universals that not only involved metaphysical assumptions unacceptable to such theologians as Ibn Taymiyya, but also resulted in tbe about God and His existence that these theologians found even more objectionable.

Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians

An incomplete definition falls short of encompassing the entirety of essential attributes, and is limited to the immediate difference alone or to this difference coupled with the mediate ,ogicians al-jins al-ba’id ‘, for example, ‘man is that which is rational’, or ‘man is a rational body’.


Philosophy obviously rests on arguments, and all valid arguments, it was asserted as early as Aristotle, involve syllogistic reasoning. In the external world an essence is merely the very thing which exists, a particular and unique individual, while in the mind essence is what is represented yartasim of that individual therein. Search my Subject Specializations: It is with this criticism that we should tye to consider Ibn Taymiyya’s possible indebtedness to his predecessors.

Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians – Wael B. Hallaq – Oxford University Press

And in anticipation of Ibn ‘Arab! But what were the sources of these arguments and to what extent was Ibn Taymiyya indebted to them? Umer Yousuf rated it liked it Sep 12, He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Greek philosophy, Islamic history, and religious books of others Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

This, Ibn Taymiyya wishes to say, surely renders the definition logcians. Laoust Essai, 8 4 – 6 discusses Ibn Taymiyya’s knowledge of philosophical doctrines, including his familiarity with the philosophical novel Hayy b. They are extremely elliptic and vague. Does anyone know how can I get a paperback copy of this book?

Un- doubtedly, such a concept is sought after, although it is not necessary that the individual meaning be sought. The first category that makes itself evident in Ibn Taymiyya’s work is the substantive argument, since the critique itself is a substantive one: