Thursday, March 29, 2018

[Book Review] Ḥallāl al-ʿuqad fī bayān aḥkām al-muʿtaqad. By Najm al-Dīn b. ʿAbd al-Qawī al-Ṭūfī. Edited by Lejla Demiri and Islam Dayeh. Beirut: Dār al-Farābī, 2016. Pp. 172. $55 (cloth) | Journal of Near Eastern Studies: Vol 77, No 1

Ḥallāl al-ʿuqad fī bayān aḥkām al-muʿtaqad, edited by Lejla Demiri and Islam Dayeh | Journal of Near Eastern Studies: Vol 77, No 1


"The Ḥallāl al-ʿuqad fī bayān aḥkām al-muʿtaqad (Untying the Knots in Expounding the Principles of Faith), also known as Qudwat al-muhtadīn ilā maqāṣid al-dīn (The Exemplar of the Rightly Guided to the Objectives of Religion), is an early fourteenth-century theological treatise. The Ḥallāl is perhaps the only surviving text in which al-Ṭūfī expounds his theology in a brief and systematic manner with an intention to provide a short and uncomplicated outline of the principles of faith. Its author, Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī (d. 716/1316) is a key Ḥanbalī scholar of the Mamluk period. His writings manifest considerable creativity and erudition."

"The critical edition is based on a single surviving manuscript (Staatsbibliothek Berlin). The study was prepared by Lejla Demiri and Islam Dayeh. Lejla Demiri holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge and is Professor of Islamic Doctrine at the Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen. Islam Dayeh holds a doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin where he is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies."


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