Discussing al-Bāqillānī’s Theology in the Maghrib: ‘Abd al-Jalīl b. Abī Bakr al-Dībājī al-Raba‘ī’s al-Tasdīd fī sharḥ al-Tamhīd

Discussing al-Bāqillānī’s Theology in the Maghrib: ‘Abd al-Jalīl b. Abī Bakr al-Dībājī al-Raba‘ī’s al-Tasdīd fī sharḥ al-Tamhīd

This paper presents a unique manuscript copy of a fifth/eleventh-century Maghribī commentary on al-Bāqillānī’s Kitāb al-Tamhīd. The work, entitled al-Tasdīd fī sharḥ al-Tamhīd, was written by ‘Abd al-Jalīl b. Abī Bakr al-Dībājī —also known as Ibn al-Ṣābūnī— who had studied the Kitāb al-Tamhīd with a...

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Journal Title: Al-Qanṭara
First author: Hassan Ansari
Other Authors: Jan Thiele
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Language: English
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Resource type: Journal Article
Source: Al-Qanṭara; Vol 39, No 1 (Year 2018).
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Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC
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Abstract: This paper presents a unique manuscript copy of a fifth/eleventh-century Maghribī commentary on al-Bāqillānī’s Kitāb al-Tamhīd. The work, entitled al-Tasdīd fī sharḥ al-Tamhīd, was written by ‘Abd al-Jalīl b. Abī Bakr al-Dībājī —also known as Ibn al-Ṣābūnī— who had studied the Kitāb al-Tamhīd with al-Bāqillānī’s disciples in Qayrawān. The present study first reviews the transmission of al-Bāqillānī’s work to the Islamic west. It then continues to present the author of the commentary, to reconstruct the work’s genesis and to describe its content. The final section focuses on a sample chapter and argues that al-Dībājī follows al-Bāqillānī’s later position on a specific theory —the so-called theory ofaḥwāl— of which the Tamhīd strongly disapproved. The Tasdīd is one of the oldest texts of Maghribī Ash‘arism that has come down to us and provides valuable new insights into the school’s early history in the Islamic west.
Translated abstract: En este artículo presentamos un manuscrito único de un comentario magrebí del Kitāb al-Tamhīd de al-Bāqillānī datado en el siglo V/XI. La obra se titula al-Tasdīd fī ¨arḥ al-Tamhīd escrita por ‘Abd al-Ŷalīl b. Abī Bakr al-Dībāŷī —también conocido como Ibn al-Ṣābūnī— quien estudió el Tamhīd con otros discípulos de al-Bāqillānī en Qayrawān. El presente estudio revisa el proceso de transmisión de la obra de al-Bāqillānī en el Occidente Islámico. Después continúa presentando al autor del comentario, reconstruyendo la génesis del texto y describiendo su contenido. La sección final escoge un capítulo del texto que se ha seleccionado para demostrar cómo al-Dībāŷī sigue la posición tardía de al-Bāqillānī con respecto a la llamada teoría de los aḥwāl- duramente criticada en el Tamhīd. El Tasdīd constituye uno de los textos más antiguos del a¨‘arismo magrebí que ha llegado hasta nosotros, ofreciéndonos nuevas y valiosas perspectivas sobre la historia de esta escuela teológica en el Occidente islámico.