Show Summary Details

p. 473. God and beinglocked

  • Peter Adamson


Muslims, like Jews and Christians, recognize no other divinities but the all-powerful Creator of the universe. They adhere to the fundamental belief in God’s oneness, or tawḥīd. The philosophical treatises that came into Arabic-speaking culture also typically recognized a single first cause of all things. The falāsifa used Hellenic sources to argue for, and explicate, the doctrine of tawḥīd, taking them as a jumping-off point for their own original ideas. ‘God and being’ outlines the ideas of al-Kindī, who portrayed God as ‘the True One’ free of all multiplicity; Avicenna’s influential proof of God’s existence; Suhrawardī whose metaphysics describes God as the ‘Light of lights’; and sufi conceptions of God as the true reality underlying all things.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.