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Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning

Islamic Disputation Theory

The Uses & Rules of Argument in Medieval Islam

Authors: Miller, Larry Benjamin

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  • Charts the evolution of Islamic dialectical theory over 400 years
  • Studies the influence of Aristotle
  • Uses the writings of Islamic theologians, jurists, and philosophers
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This book charts the evolution of Islamic dialectical theory (jadal) over a four-hundred year period. It includes an extensive study of the development of methods of disputation in Islamic theology (kalām) and jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh) from the tenth through the fourteenth centuries. The author uses the theoretical writings of Islamic theologians, jurists, and philosophers to describe the concept

Overall, this investigation looks at the extent to which the development of Islamic modes of disputation is rooted in Aristotle and the classical tradition. The author reconstructs the contents of the earliest systematic treatment of the subject by b. al-Rīwandī. He then contrasts the theological understanding of dialectic with the teachings of the Arab Aristotelians–al-Fārābī, Avicenna, and Averroes. Next, the monograph shows how jurists took over the theological method of dialectic and applied it to problems peculiar to jurisprudence.

Although the earliest writings on dialectic are fairly free of direct Aristotelian influence, there are coincidences of themes and treatment. But after jurisprudence had assimilated the techniques of theological dialectic, its own theory became increasingly influenced by logical terminology and techniques. At the end of the thirteenth century there arose a new discipline, the ādāb al-baḥth. While the theoretical underpinnings of the new system are Aristotelian, the terminology and order of debate place it firmly in the Islamic tradition of disputation.

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Larry Miller is a scholar of medieval Islamic philosophy, with particular emphasis on the relationship of Greek and Islamic philosophers and the development of the scholastic method in Islam. This book is the product of years of intense engagement and study of Aristotelian logic as well as the works of Islamic philosophers, theologians and jurists. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Islamic Disputation Theory
Book Subtitle
The Uses & Rules of Argument in Medieval Islam
Authors
Series Title
Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning
Series Volume
21
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45012-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45012-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-45011-3
Series ISSN
2214-9120
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 143
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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