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Ibn Taymiyya on theistic signs and knowledge of God
AuthorTurner, Jamie B.
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CitationTurner J.B. (2021). Ibn Taymiyya on theistic signs and knowledge of God. Religious Studies.
This article aims to draw on the 'Qur'anic Rationalism' of Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) in elucidating an Islamic epistemology of theistic natural signs, in the lens of contemporary philosophy of religion. In articulating what Ibn Taymiyya coins 'God's method of proof through signs (istidlaluhu tacala bi'l-ayat)', it seeks aid in particular from the work of C. Stephen Evans and other contemporary philosophers of religion, in an attempt to understand the relevance and force of this alternative to natural theology within the Islamic tradition. In doing so, it aims to respond to existing criticisms of Ibn Taymiyya's perspective in the literature, and to consider the implications of a Taymiyyan reading of theistic natural signs, on the epistemic function of Qur'anic ayat as theistic evidence. Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press.