Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kalām fī l-ʿaql wa al-ʿāqil wa al-maʿqūl
(238 words)

Discourse on the Intellect, the Intelligent, and the Intelligible

Muḥyī l-Dīn al-Iṣfahānī

Date: Possibly 12th century

Original Language: Arabic


This is a short treatise that attempts to demonstrate, following two ways of argumentation, that the Creator and ‘God of the world’ is ‘intellect, intelligent, and intelligible’. The author uses a terminology that he probably borrowed from Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī, who employed it …

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “ Kalām fī l-ʿaql wa al-ʿāqil wa al-maʿqūl”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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