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ʿAmal

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Author(s): de Boer, Tj. | Kern, R. A.
(a.), performance, action, is usually discussed by the speculative theologians and philosophers only in connection with belief [see ʿilm, īmān] or with ʿilm and naẓar. From Hellenistic tradition was known the definition of philosophy as the “knowledge of the nature of things and the doing of good” (cf. Mafātīḥ, ed. v. Vloten, p. 131 sq.). Many Muslim thinkers have emphasised the necessity or at least the desirability of this combination (cf. Goldziher, Kitāb Maʿānī al-Nafs, p. 54*—60*). But it is the intellectualism of the Greek philosophy, in ethics also, that explai…
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