Wasil ibn Ata
|Wāṣil ibn ʿAtāʾ'|
|Died||748 (aged 47–48)|
|Era||Islamic Golden Age|
|Main interest(s)||Islamic theology|
|Notable idea(s)||Rationalism in Islamic theology, Founder of Muʿtazila, Free will of humans, Indeterminism, Incompatibilism Metaphorical interpretation of the Qur'an|
Born around the year 700 in the Arabian Peninsula, he initially studied under Abd-Allah ibn Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, the grandson of Ali. Later he would travel to Basra in Iraq to study under Hasan of Basra (one of the Tabi‘in). In Basra he began to develop the ideologies that would lead to the Muʿtazilite school. These stemmed from conflicts that many scholars had in resolving theology and politics. His main contribution to the Muʿtazilite school was in planting the seeds for the formation of its doctrine.
Wasil ibn Ata died in 748 in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Muʿtazili school is championed today by those influenced by the theological principles outlined by ibn ʿAtāʾ, among them Naheim Ajmal / Abu Layth (UK), Adnan Ibrahim, Usama Hasan, Amina Wadud and others.
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