Iqbals Concept of God

Hardcover | March 1, 2010

byM. S. Raschid

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This book is based upon a detailed and critical examination of Iqbal's concept of God as expounded in Chapter II of The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. His concept of God is a finite (panentheistic) one and is based largely upon Iqbal's reading of Western philosophy (Hegel,Whitehead and Bergson). Iqbal draws extravagant metaphysical conclusions from his reading of these Western thinkers; he then relates these philosophical theses to the Quran and the tradition of Muslim thought.Iqbal's finite (panentheistic) deity is very close to the (pantheistic) Sufi concept of God. However, Iqbal manages to ignore the whole tradition of tafsir (exegesis) and kalam (theology). Additionally, his finite deity cannot be reconciled with the Quranic doctrine of God.A similar conclusion is reached following an examination of the Sufi teaching as expounded by Isa Nuruddin (Fritjhof Schuon) and Abubakr Sirajuddin (Martin Lings).This conclusion leads to contemporary discussions of mysticism.Finally, an attempt is made to go beyond Iqbal and to specify the precise logical peculiarity of 'the problem of God'.

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This book is based upon a detailed and critical examination of Iqbal's concept of God as expounded in Chapter II of The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. His concept of God is a finite (panentheistic) one and is based largely upon Iqbal's reading of Western philosophy (Hegel,Whitehead and Bergson). Iqbal draws extravagant m...

The author is a British citizen of Indo-Burmese origin and was born in Rangoon on the 28th December 1937. M. S. Raschid was educated at Trinity College Cambridge, London and Edinburgh Universities. After qualifying as a medical doctor he took a research degree in Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. His professional caree...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction and summaryPart I: Iqbal and the western tradition1. The arguments for the existence of God2. Hegel3. Science4. Bergson5. Conclusions and critiquePart II: Iqbal and the Muslim tradition6. Iqbal and Quran7. al-Ghazali and Abul-Kalam Azad: Muslim theism: the classical formulation of the orthodox doctrine8. Muhammad Iqbal: Muslim panentheism: the modernist 'reconstruction' of the Quranic doctrine9. Isa Nuruddin and Abubakr Sirajuddin: Muslim pantheism: the contemporary exposition of the Sufi doctrine10. Mystical experience and interpretationPart III: Beyond Iqbal: the nature of the problem of God11. The logic of the infinite12. The nature of our knowledge of GodNotesBibliographyIndex