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The Presence of Buddhist Thought in Kalām Literature

The Presence of Buddhist Thought in Kalām Literature <p>Abstract:</p><p>Buddhism is for the most part reported with the name of "Samaniyya" in early and classical Islamic theology (<i>Kalām</i>). The accounts of the so-called Barāhima by Muslim theologians (the Mutakallimūn) also reveal some underlying Buddhist sources. Furthermore, the Islamic atomists share with the Samaniyya and the Barāhima the same epistemological premises, which reflect the theory of <i>pramāṇa</i> in Buddhism. Regarding the transmission route, all evidence points to Balkh, where two classical Sarvāstivādin Buddhist texts (<i>Vibhāṣā</i> and <i>Kośa</i>) containing the main points of the Barāhima-Samaniyya doctrines and Islamic atomism, continued to be taught in the <i>Naw Bahār</i> (New Temple) down to the eve of the Arab conquest.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

The Presence of Buddhist Thought in Kalām Literature

Philosophy East and West , Volume 68 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Buddhism is for the most part reported with the name of "Samaniyya" in early and classical Islamic theology (<i>Kalām</i>). The accounts of the so-called Barāhima by Muslim theologians (the Mutakallimūn) also reveal some underlying Buddhist sources. Furthermore, the Islamic atomists share with the Samaniyya and the Barāhima the same epistemological premises, which reflect the theory of <i>pramāṇa</i> in Buddhism. Regarding the transmission route, all evidence points to Balkh, where two classical Sarvāstivādin Buddhist texts (<i>Vibhāṣā</i> and <i>Kośa</i>) containing the main points of the Barāhima-Samaniyya doctrines and Islamic atomism, continued to be taught in the <i>Naw Bahār</i> (New Temple) down to the eve of the Arab conquest.</p>

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 8, 2018

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