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Cf. De Boer, Philosophy in Islam, pp. 11-30; line, of Islam, pp. 251 flF. ; Macdonald, Development, pp. , and al-Shahrastam, al-Uilal, REAL ESSENCES OF THINGS io This went on until they included in \darn most of physics and metaand plunged 18 into mathematics until theology was hardly to be distinguished from philosophy had it not been that it included "things to be of it. physics on authority" believed (al-sam'lyai) . Theologians (cd-muttta tyfyirun ) In general \alam is This is the \cdam of the Later .

And the meaning n from the standpoint of the expression "the truth of a judgment" the agreement of the judgment with the actual fact, and the the expression "the reality of a judgment" is of is of meaning the agreement of the actual fact with the judgment. that the real essences of things exist in reality/The real essence (al-haqiqa) of a thing and its identity of a thing quiddity (d-mahiya) arc that which constitutes the (md bihi 'I shay' huwa huwd), as application of the term "rational (natiq) animal" to case it is possible to conceive of exemplified by the in contrast to the and "writing animal"; [77] application of the terms "laughing animal" which is man man as not being described in by the terms "laughing" and "writing," inasmuch as they [laughing and writing] And it may be said further that that which constitutes the are accidents.

INTRODUCTION xxxii Traditions. for change. The Agreement So the dialectic of far its of Muslim thinkers may again furnish a basis modernist movements in Islam have failed to supplant religious schools with a complete of theology. Conservatism will not surrender its and consistent scheme entrenched position with- It may attempt to meet historical criticism and a new atomic age with radical adaptations of its ancient system to new ideas rather than out a struggle. yield its authority to al-Taftazam on the some other power.

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