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Al-Jāḥiẓ, Theological Epistles. Prof. James Montgomery

This project will result in an edition and translation of six epistles by al-Jāḥiẓ for The Library of Arabic Literature: al-Jāḥiẓ, Rasāʾil Kalāmiyyah.

The collection includes those compositions which are devoted explicitly to the major theological movements and issues of the third/ninth century: Fī Khalq al-Qurʾān; al-Jawābāt fī al-Maʿrifah; Kitāb al-Nābitah; Fī Nafy al-Tashbīh; al-Radd ʿalā al-Mushabihhah; Kitāb Ḥujaj al-Nubuwwah; al-Radd ʿalā al-Naṣārā. A forthcoming article ‘Al-Jāḥiẓ and the Hippocratic Corpus’ will explore the centrality of medical semiology to al-Jāḥiẓ’s decoding of creation.