Theology (Kalam)

Shi'a Islam: Class 22
MP3 Format;
- review of akhbari (traditionalist) and 'usuli (rationalist) schools of thought
- review of concept of taqlid, ijtihad, and role of the scholar in the shi'i community
- discipline of kalam (theology): definition, origins, and early development
- branches of kalam; burhani (demonstrative) and jadali (dialectic)
- discussion of the viewpoints of the mu'tazili vs. ash'ari schools of kalam
- encouragement of development of kalam by the Imams
- topics in kalam distinctive to Shi'ism; usul ad-din (tawhid, adl, nubuwwa, imama, ma'ad) and taklif (obligation) vs. lutf (favor)