Islamic Theology and the Problem of Evil

Safaruk Chowdhury

A rigorous study of the problem of evil in Islamic theology Like their Jewish and Christian co-religionists, Muslims have grappled with how

English edition
4 June 2021
256 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9781617979934
For sale worldwide

$59.95

A rigorous study of the problem of evil in Islamic theology

Like their Jewish and Christian co-religionists, Muslims have grappled with how God, who is perfectly good, compassionate, merciful, powerful, and wise permits intense and profuse evil and suffering in the world. At its core, Islamic Theology and the Problem of Evil explores four different problems of evil: human disability, animal suffering, evolutionary natural selection, and Hell. Each study argues in favor of a particular kind of explanation or justification (theodicy) for the respective evil. Safaruk Chowdhury unpacks the notion of evil and its conceptualization within the mainstream Sunni theological tradition, and the various ways in which theologians and philosophers within that tradition have advanced different types of theodicies. He not only builds on previous works on the topic, but also looks at kinds of theodicies previously unexplored within Islamic theology, such as an evolutionary theodicy.

Distinguished by its application of an analytic-theology approach to the subject and drawing on insights from works of both medieval Muslim theologians and philosophers and contemporary philosophers of religion, this novel and highly systematic study will appeal to students and scholars, not only of theology but of philosophy as well.

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Safaruk Chowdhury

Safaruk  Chowdhury is a teacher, examiner, and educational consultant. He is currently a senior instructor at Whitethread Institute and a research fellow at the Ibn Rushd Centre of Excellence for Islamic Research, both in London. He studied philosophy at King’s College, London, and Islamic Studies at al-Azhar University, Cairo, before completing his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is the author of Sufi Apologist of Nishapur: The Life and Thoughts of Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sulami (2019).
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