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Mourad, Suleiman Ali
Early Islam between Myth and History. Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī (d. 110H/728CE) and the Formation on His Legacy in Classical Islamic Scholarship.
Leiden-Boston: Brill 2005. XI, 338 S. gr.8° = Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, 62. Geb. EUR 141,00. ISBN 978-90-04-14829-1.
Saeed Zarrabi Zadeh and Jamal Malik
Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī (21–110H/642–728CE), one of the eminent figures of early Islam, has been a highly controversial personality and a man of contradictions. He is claimed by medieval sources to be both, the founder of mysticism, as well as, an ordinary pious man or even an appreciator of worldly pleasures, a predestinarian and a believer in free will (Qadarite), a pacifist and a revolutionary, and the founder of Mu’tazilites. These contradictions seem to have made modern scholars like Helmut Ritter, Louis Massignon and Josef van Ess to base their studies of al-Ḥasan on selective and partial use of sources and rendering the contradictory accounts into what appear to be sweeping narratives (1–2). Dealing with these two accounts, Suleiman A. Mourad tries in his monograph to ...
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