Wednesday 25 November 2015 | LUCIS Fall Fellow Camilla Adang | Ibn Ḥazm's theology
On Wednesday 25 November 2015 LUCIS Fall Fellow Camilla Adang will deliver her fourth lecture on Ibn Ḥazm's theology. Time: 15.15-17.00 hours. Venue: Lipsius 227. The lecture is open to all.
This lecture is part of a five fold lecture series on Ibn Ḥazm of Cordoba and the Ẓāhirī school of law and theology. The lecture series focuses on the controversial Muslim legal scholar, theologian and man of letters Ibn Ḥazm of Cordoba (d. 456/1064), who is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant minds of al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia). Nowadays remembered mostly for his treatise on love, Ṭawq al-ḥamāma ("The Ring of the Dove"), he was first and foremost a fierce polemicist who was criticized for his idiosyncratic views and his abrasive language. By insisting that the sacred sources of Islam are to be understood according to their literal or external sense (ẓāhir) and that it is only the Prophet Muḥammad whose example may be followed, rather than fallible jurists and theologians, and by publicly declaring the rulers of al-Andalus to be illegitimate, Ibn Ḥazm alienated himself from the religious and political establishment. As a result, he was forcibly removed from the Great Mosque in Cordoba and some of his writings were publicly burned in his own lifetime. The last decades have witnessed a renewed interest in his thought, both in the Muslim world and in the West, and his call for a return to the scriptural sources has enjoyed great appeal in certain Islamist circles.
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The principle that the Qurʾān and the Ḥadīth were to be taken as literally as possible was extended by Ibn Ḥazm to theology. In this lecture we shall look at some theological tenets on which his views differ from those of his more mainstream Sunnī peers. As will be seen, his theological polemics were not limited to different strands within Islam, but were aimed at other religions as well. Thus he argued that a literal reading of the Jewish and Christian scriptures uncovers evidence of alterations.
Camilla Adang (PhD, Nijmegen) is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her main fields of research are social and intellectual encounters between Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages and the Ottoman period, and the history of the Ẓāhirī school in the Islamic West. She is the author of Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible: From Ibn Rabban to Ibn Hazm (Leiden: Brill 1996) and editor, together with Maribel Fierro and Sabine Schmidtke, of Ibn Ḥazm of Cordoba: The Life and Works of a Controversial Scholar (Leiden: Brill 2013). She currently co-directs the international research project Biblia Arabica: The Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims, which deals with Jewish and Christian translations of the Bible into Arabic and their use by Muslim authors.