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Kalām
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Kalām (Arab.; literally: “word,” “utterance,” “speech”) denotes a theological system in Islam, in which the question of the relationship between revelation and reason is central. It developed in the early expansion phase of Islam through cultural contact with non-Muslim transmitters of ancient philosophy and sciences. In the 9th and 10th centuries, kalām influenced the theological thought of Jews in Islamic dominions. Kalām gained lasting popularity among the Karaites in particular; by contras…

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Musall, Frederek, “Kalām”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0391>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20191110



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