Monday 23 April 2018 – 6:00 pm
The inquisition (al-miḥnah) over the createdness of the Qur’an: who was responsible?
Miḥnah or ‘trial’ refers to a period in which the Ḥanbalites were subject to inquisition regarding their belief in the eternality of the Qur’an. The aim of the inquisition was to enforce the officially supported doctrine that the Qur’an was the created word of God rather than uncreated or eternal. However, who was responsible for setting the ball of inquisition rolling remains a serious question. I will shed some light on the historical chain of events which led to inquisition and the position of Shi’a Imams during the whole period.
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