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Unsaying God

Aydogan Kars

Published in print October 2019 | ISBN: 9780190942458
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190942489 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190942458.001.0001

Series: AAR ACADEMY SER

Unsaying God

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What cannot be said about God, and how can we speak about God by negating what we say? Traveling across prominent negators, denialists, ineffectualists, paradoxographers, naysayers, ignorance-pretenders, unknowers, I-don’t-knowers, and taciturns, Unsaying God explores the negative theological movements that flourished in the first seven centuries of Islam. It shows that there were multiple and often competing strategies for self-negating speech in the vast field of theology. By focusing on Arabic and Persian textual sources, the book defines four distinct yet interconnected paths of negative speech formations on the nature of God that circulated in medieval Islamic world. Expanding its scope to Jewish intellectuals, Unsaying God also demonstrates that religious boundaries were easily transgressed as scholars from diverse sectarian or religious backgrounds could adopt similar paths of negative speech on God. This is the first book-length study of negative theology in Islam. As an introductory work, it aims to encompass vast fields of scholarship and diverse intellectual schools and figures, in order to tell the story of negative theology and apophaticism and to become a stepping-stone for further research in the field. It is an encompassing book, accessible to a wide audience while addressing the advanced reader of religion who wants to learn about the diverse ways in which God has been unsaid for centuries.

Keywords: negative theology; Islamic theology; Sufism; apophaticism; intellectual history; medieval Islam; Islamic thought; Ismailism; Islamic philosophy; anthropomorphism

Book.  344 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam ; Theology

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Introduction in Unsaying God

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Double Negation in Unsaying God

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Necessarily Dissimilar in Unsaying God

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“Yes and No” in Unsaying God

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Against Discourse in Unsaying God

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