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Ilm Al-Kalam (Theology)

After an introductory module surveying the different schools and historical development of Muslim theology, students undertake a close reading of Allama Hilli’s classical Shi’i text, al-Bab al-Hadi ‘Ashar. The central themes of Muslim theological doctrine, including the arguments for the existence of God, debates over predestination and free will, theodicy, Prophethood, Imamology and Eschatology, are then further critically examined with reference to both the contemporary work of Jaffer Subhani’s  Illahiyat and the classical work of Kashf al-Murad fi Tajrid al-Ittiqad, by Allama Hilli and Nasir al-Din al-Tusi.