The Theology of Unity
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Originally published in 1966, this was the first of Muhammad ‘Abduh’s works to be translated into English. Risālat al Tauhid represents the most popular of his discussion of Islamic thought and belief. ‘Abduh is still quoted and revered as the father of 20th Century Muslim thinking in the Arab world and his mind, here accessible, constituted both courageous and strenuous leadership in his day. All the concerns and claims of successive exponents of duty and meaning of the mosque in the modern world may be sensed in these pages. The world and Islam have moved on since ‘Abduh’s lifetime, but he remains a source for the historian of contemporary movements and a valuable index to the self-awareness of Arab Islam.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Translator’s Introduction. Author’s Preface. 1. Prolegomena 2. The Categories of Knowledge 3. The Principles of the Necessarily Existing 4. The Divine Attributes 5. The Acts of God 6. The Deeds of Man 7. The Prophet as the Helper 8. Man’s Need of Prophetic Mission 9. The Possibility of Revelation 10. Revelation and Mission in their Actuality 11. The Mission and Message of Muhammad 12. The Qur’ān 13. The Islamic Religion, or Islam14. Religions and Human Progress: Their Culmination in Islam 15. The Expansion of Islam: Its Unparalleled Speed 16. A Ready Objection 17. Accepting the Truth of Muhammad’s Message. Conclusion.