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Jan Thiele: Theologie in der jemenitischen Zaydiyya

Die naturphilosophischen Überlegungen des al-Ḥasan ar-Raṣṣāṣ

Theologie in der jemenitischen Zaydiyya

Theologie in der jemenitischen Zaydiyya

Al-Ḥasan ar-Raṣṣāṣ (d. 1188 C.E.) was one of the most prominent representatives of the emerging reception of Basran Muʿtazilism in 12th century Yemen. He composed highly sophisticated works on ontology, causality and the specific theory of attributes that has become known as the theory of “states” (aḥwāl). He is therefore a rare case of a Muʿtazilī thinker who left a comprehensive and systematised account of his natural philosophy.
Jan Thiele’s study makes extensive use of hitherto unexplored manuscripts, thereby providing new insight into a largely unknown chapter of Zaydī and Muslim doctrinal history. Focusing on the later Muʿtazila, this book conveys a nuanced understanding of diachronic developments in the school’s teachings in order to refine a rather static perception that prevails in modern scholarship.

Winner of the Forschungspreis der Annemarie-Schimmel-Stiftung für Islamkunde 2013.


Link: Brill


Bibliographical reference:

  • Thiele, Jan. 2013. Theologie in der jemenitischen Zaydiyya: Die naturphilosophischen Überlegungen des al-Ḥasan ar-Raṣṣāṣ, Leiden: Brill.