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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.001.0001

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The Koran

The Koran

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(p.59) 3 The Koran
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Religion and Creation
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Keith Ward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.003.0003

This chapter discusses a Muslim view of God as expounded by Mohammed Iqbal, one of the most renowned 20th-century poet-philosophers of Islam. Iqbal set out to construct a Muslim doctrine of God and creation that would be free of the classical, Greek philosophical influences which had marked the work of the great medieval Muslim philosophers. His claim is that the central message of the Koran is the spiritual nature of reality, coupled with an urgent insistence upon the unitary nature of reality. According to the chapter, Iqbal's threefold God, who is the Infinite, the Cosmic Ego or Self, and the creative coworker with and guide of finite selves, by no means reflects the Christian doctrine of the Trinity exactly.

Keywords:   The Koran, Muslim, Mohammed Iqbal, Trinity, creation, God

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