Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Sharḥ al-uṣūl al-khamsa
(401 words)

Commentary on the five principles

ʿAbd al-Jabbār

Date: Between 970 and 990

Original Language: Arabic


The work, which is lost, has a complicated history. Like a number of Muʿtazilī authors of his time, ʿAbd al-Jabbār wrote an exposition of the five principles to which members of the school subscribed, the Kitāb al-uṣūl al-khamsa, which has survived (Gimaret, pp. 79-96). This contains a single brief reference to the doctrine of the Trinity (p. 84)…

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Thomas, David, “ Sharḥ al-uṣūl al-khamsa”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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