Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought
Theoretical Constructs in the Works of Avicenna, Ghazali and Ibn Arabi
To Be Published December 1st 2013 by Routledge – 304 pages
The subject of “human free will” versus “divine predestination” is one of the most contentious topics in classical Islamic thought. By focusing on a theme of central importance to any philosophy of religion, and to Islam in particular, this book offers a critical study of the intellectual imports offered to this discourse by three key medieval Islamic scholars: Avicenna, Ghazali and Ibn ?Arabi.
Introduction 1 Avicenna 2 Avicenna 3 Ghazali 4 Ghazali 5 Ibn Arabi 6 Ibn Arabi Conclusion
Maria de Cillis is Research Associate and Shi‘i Studies Co-ordinator at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Department of Academic Research and Publications, London. Her research interests include the Islamic tradition in the formative period, including Islamic theology, the study of the Qur’an, Islamic philosophy, Islamic spirituality and mysticism.