Abul-Qasim al-Hussein bin Mufaddal bin Muhammad, better known as Raghib Isfahani (Persian: ابوالقاسم حسین ابن محمّد الراغب الاصفهانی), was an eleventh-century Muslim scholar of Qur'anic exegesis and the Arabic language.
Abul-Qasim al-Hussein bin Mufaddal bin Muhammad
|Died||AH 502 (1108/1109)|
|Era||Later Abbasid era|
|Main interest(s)||Muslim scholar of Qur'anic exegesis, Arabic language scholar|
|Notable work(s)||Al-Mufradat fi Gharib al-Quran|
Al-Isfahani's theological stance seems to have been close to that of the Ash'ari school. In one of his works entitled al-I'tiqadat, Al-Isfahani attacks both the Mu'tazila and the Shi'a showing that questions about his adherence to either of these positions is groundless.
Al-Isfahani was opposed to the emanationism of the Brethren of Purity, preferring creationism instead. The concept of justice, according to al-Isfahani's definition, is "equal retaliation" for wrongdoing.
As a man of letters, al-Isfahani was also well-versed in Arabic literature. His literary anthology, which was carefully organized by topic, carried much weight and respect in intellectual circles. He was also noted as an early Muslim writer on the topic of blending religious and philosophical ethics.
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