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Investigating Abū ‘Īsā al-Warrāq’s methodology in the study of Christian doctrine of trinity based on his al-Radd ‘Alā al-Tathlīth (the response to trinity)

Shehu, Fatmir Mehdi (2021) Investigating Abū ‘Īsā al-Warrāq’s methodology in the study of Christian doctrine of trinity based on his al-Radd ‘Alā al-Tathlīth (the response to trinity). Intellectual Discourse, 29 (1). pp. 131-148. ISSN 0128-4878 E-ISSN 2289-5639

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Abstract

This paper seeks to investigate the methodology of Abū ‘Īsā al-Warrāq, the classical Muslim scholar, in the study of Christian doctrine of trinity with special reference to his master piece al-Radd ‘Alā al-Tathlīth: Al-Juz’ al-Awwal Min Kitāb al-Radd ‘Alā al-Thalāth Firaq Min al-Naṣārā(The Response to Trinity: The First Part from the Book in Response to the three Christian Sects). The aim of this research is to investigate al-Warrāq’s polemical discourse consisting of arguments, disputes and refutation, while responding to the claims of three Christian sects, Malkiyyah (Melkites), Nasṭūriyyah (Nestorians) and Yaʿqūbiyyah (Jacobites) in relation to the concept of trinity. The significance of this research stands on its suggesting of new insights for young scholars and students of comparative religion in dealing with Christian doctrine of trinity, as addressed by the content of al-Warrāq’s original script. This study starts with an introduction, which is followed by a discussion on: (1) Abū ‘Īsā al-Warrāq’s brief chronology, (2) his selected work(s) on the study of religion, and (3) his methodology in the study of Christian doctrine of trinity through selected statements from his original work. Descriptive and analytical methods are employed in the entire research. This study concludes that Abū ‘Īsā al-Warrāq’s methodology, which is of a polemical-critical-refutative nature based on pure human reasoning, is relevant to the contemporary scholarship of comparative religion, through which sound responses can be provided to issues related to God, cosmology, man, eschatology, ethics, rights, freedom, tolerance, leadership, etc.*Associate Professor, Department of Uṣūl al-Dīn and Comparative Religion, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Email: fatmir@iium.edu.my; shehu.fatmir@gmail.com Intellectual DIscourse, 29:1 (2021) 131–148Copyright © IIUM Press ISSN 0128-4878 (Print); ISSN 2289-5639 (Online)

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abū ‘Īsā al-Warrāq, methodology, polemical discourse, Christianity, trinity.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: Asst.Prof. FATMIR SHEHU
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 08:50
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 08:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/93315

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