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By Bruce Sheiman

ISBN-10: 1101082275

ISBN-13: 9781101082270

A new perspective.

Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic concept. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled through positions: stringent believers dedicated to the "yes, there's a God" argument, and atheists vehemently pushed to repudiate not just God, but in addition faith as a cultural establishment. thus far, this is often the 1st and in basic terms mainstream publication during which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly valuable for humanity, whether God exists, in line with a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up non secular adventure. It additionally places to relaxation the idea that faith is at the back of many of the world's sectarian violence through exhibiting that faith turns into evil whilst it truly is politicized. Readers will examine they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and concerning the price and merits of faith itself.

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The Intellectual and Artistic Life Chapter 21 Shi'i Education 280 ROY MOTTAHEDEH 282 Chapter 22 Shi'i Theology 287 W. MONTGOMERY WATT 288 cALLAMAH AL-HILLI 291 KHWAJAH NASIR AL-DIN TUSI 298 Chapter 23 Intellectual Sciences and Philosophy 300 'ALLAMAH TABATABA'I 301 cABD AL-RAZZAQ LAHIJI 306 MUHSIN FAYD KASHANI 309 Chapter 24 Shi'i Literature 312 MAHMUD AYOUB 313 E. G. BROWNE 317 PETER CHELKOWSKI 318 SHAYKH AL-MUFID 325 Page x Chapter 25 Shi'ism and Art 330 NADER ARDALAN 331 SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR 334 Chapter 26 Shi'ism and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics 341 SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR 342 VI.

As a result the women were allowed to choose their own husbands, and one of them was married to 'Ali's son Husayn and the other to Abu Bakr's son Muhammad. On another occasion 'Umar was going to execute Hurmuzan, a captured Iranian prince, but 'Ali persuaded the prince to become a Muslim and his life was spared. During his life he honored 'Ali. For ten years 'Umar served as Caliph and made great conquests for the glory of Islam. Before he died he made plans for the choice of his successor. Although he knew that 'Ali was well qualified to replace him, he would not consider 'Ali as his successor.

As for philosophy and the intellectual sciences, once again the words of 'Allamah Tabataba'i are cited to clarify the Shi'i attitude to these disciplines. This author belongs to the long chain of the Islamic philosophical tradition extending from Ibn Sina to Nasir al-Din Tusi, Ibn Turkah Isfahani, Mir Damad, Mulla Sadra, Sabziwari, and to the present generation. 'Allamah Tabataba'i considers this tradition from its philosophical, as well as its religious, significance. In order to understand Shi'ism, it is important to note that although Islamic philosophy more or less perished as a distinct school in the Arab world after Ibn Rushd, it survived in Persia more and more under the protection and patronage of Shi'ism.

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