Creation in Islam from the Qur??n to Al-F?r?b?

Authored by: Michael Chase

The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415881609
eBook ISBN: 9781315708928
Adobe ISBN: 9781317484332

10.4324/9781315708928.ch20

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

This article deals with the notion of creation in general and creation ex nihilo in particular, in Islamic thought from the Qur??n to al-F?r?b?. Following a broadly chronological scheme, we will pay particular attention to the technical term ibd?‘ (“origination,” “creation”), as it emerged and evolved in the context of the interplay between intra-Islamic debates (fal?sifa vs. kal?m) on the nature of creation, and as it underwent the influence of late Greek thought, particularly that of John Philoponus. Participants in the Circle of al-Kind? (Endress 1997) played a particularly important role in the tradition by developing from the thought of Philoponus a creationist metaphysics of atemporal instantaneous divine action.

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.