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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ
Asst. Professor. Religious and intellectual history in late antiquity and early Islam | Medieval theology & philosophy | Shi’ism | Oriental manuscripts
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ 9h
Replying to @mullasadra
Even bad kalam discourses requires the taking down of one’s opponents - by making false associations to be followed by specious arguments. You’re right.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ 9h
I’m struggling to make sense of the audacious & obsequious claims of the author. Do we hail him as the new prophet of Muslim Toryism, or perhaps we’re witnessing the birth of a new politico-theological dispensation? Specious talk isn’t theology, though.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 21
Our spring lecture series theme is confirmed.
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Ali A Olomi Feb 19
In Islam, heaven and hell are part of the Muslim's akhirah or afterlife. The conception of paradise and hell mirror some of the traditions found in Christianity and Judaism, but are also distinct. A thread on heaven and hell in Islam -1/19
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Hasan Patel 🌹 Feb 19
Priti Patel said today anyone earning less than £25k is an “unskilled worker” & can’t enter the UK NHS starting salaries: Nurse £24.2k Paramedic £24.2k Midwife £24.2k Radiographer £24.2k Care assistant £17.6k Physiotherapist £24.2k Therapist £24.2k This isn’t going to work.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 19
Replying to @DrAbbasKadhim
I know an academic who makes similar grand claims about Quran, once claiming that in their view and understanding of seventh century Arabic diction the Quran is such and such...but that person struggles to read ten lines from the Quran let alone understand them without dictionary
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 19
I moved to the UK as a child with my immigrant parents. Both were low-skilled immigrants. Thanks to them, I became an academic who went on to teach 100s of students at 2 of Europe’s most prestigious universities: St Andrews & Leiden. Had had her way, I wouldnt be here
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 19
Remarkable find. Rock inscription daring back to 747 AD containing the complete offering of Al-Fatiha, the first chapter of the Quran which is read in the daily canonical prayers.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 19
A thank you letter sent from al-Azhar University to the Shi’i bio-bibliographer Aqa Buzurg Tehrani, acknowledging receipt of Tihrani’s voluminous work, albeit with some volumes missing.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 19
How does a professor of Arabic Studies - with over 20 years experience in the profession - struggle to string together two coherent sentences in classical or modern Arabic? 🤷🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️
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Peter Adamson Feb 17
Coming up tomorrow here in Oxford, my third (of six) Carlyle lectures: "Testing the Prophets: Reason and the Choice of Faiths."
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Sean W. Anthony Feb 16
Advanced copy finally arrived! Thank you for producing such a great cover design.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 16
Historically illiterate scientists are just awful. Eugenics emerges from specific historical contexts laced with racist, sexist, and classist assumptions. The history that gave rise to the idea - any idea - matters.
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 16
Next semester I’ll be introducing a new MA course at Leiden University on contemporary Arabic and Islamic Thought, so it’s worth taking stock of these contemporary intellectuals
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 16
Medieval academic rivalry: سئل أحمد بن حنبل: ما تقول في مالك بن أنس؟ فقال: حديث صحيح ورأي ضعيف. وسئل عن الأوزاعي: فقال: حديث ضعيف ورأي ضعيف. وسئل عن الشافعي: فقال: حديث صحيح ورأي صحيح. وسئل عن أبي حنيفة فقال: لا رأي ولا حديث
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 14
Replying to @bdaiwi_historia
The last to speak, Hippocrates. “Love is the admixture of two souls, just like the admixture of two bodies of water.” 6/6
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 14
Replying to @bdaiwi_historia
Then comes the turn of a Mu’tazili: “Love blinds reason. It acts on the hearts. Loves tires. Love makes the lover act impulsively. Love is the chalice of death.” 5/6
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 14
Replying to @bdaiwi_historia
Up next, a Khariji. “Love is the spittle of magic. Love is hidden but burns brighter the ember. Love cannot be unless two similar natures comes together...” 4/6
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 14
Replying to @bdaiwi_historia
First up, a Shi’i theologian. “Love is the fruit of correspondence and similarity. It is what happens when two souls come together. Love emerges from the ocean of subtlety...” 3/6
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Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ Feb 14
Replying to @bdaiwi_historia
The symposium is recorded in the famous-text known as Meadows of Gold (مروج الذهب), by the celebrated historian, traveller, & geographer, namely al-Mas’udi (d. 956 AD). After ban extensive theological debate, the Muslim scholars present are asked to define love 2/6
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