Essential Tawhid

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Essential Tawhid decribes in detail, the unique perspective on God from Shi'ite sources and is also a comparative work on God from the perspective of Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.
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  • By Thierry Vanroy
    Jun 14, 2017
    The book is a good summary on the basics of Tawhid as we can take them from Imami hadiths. It delves somewhat into the general principles of kalam as well. Noteworthy is the author's description of 'Aql and its soteriological function in contrast to the general literalist Islamic idea that following basic tenets turns salvation into a fait accompli. Unfortunately it gives only cursory attention to more profound hadiths and their meanings. The hadiths identifying the Imams with the Names is ignored, for example. The overview of other religions attributes to them almost insulting simplicity while it implicitly states the value of Islam is in halting all speculative theosophy. That may be the case for the naive common believer, but that's not what defines Islam and especially not Shi'ism. I at times felt I was reading a Sunni apologetics. Yet the moment you state apophatic theology, you owe it to the reader to explain how God can be both the Hidden (al-ghayb) and Unnamable and Manifest... More > and Named by His Names. The consequent causality between the Names and creation is totally ignored. Am I reading too much into this? The author's polemic critique of Shia theosophy deserves to be thrown right back at him if only because a learned Catholic or Hindu would laugh at this sort of simplistic dogmatism. Quite the contrary, Shia mystagogy solves all contradictions these creeds are struggling with and we should have nothing to apologize for in this field.< Less
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February 8, 2013
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