Wasil ibn Ata

Wāṣil ibn ʿAtāʾ
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Personal
Died748[citation needed]
ReligionIslam
EraIslamic Golden Age
RegionArabian Peninsula
Main interest(s)Islamic theology
Notable idea(s)Rationalism in Islamic theology, Founder of Muʿtazila, Free will of humans, Indeterminism, Incompatibilism, Anti-anthropomorphism
OccupationMuslim philosopher
Muslim leader
Influenced by
  • Hasan al-Basri, Ma'bad al-Juhani,[1] Ghailan ad-Dimashqi
Influenced
  • Amr ibn Ubayd, Othman ibn Khaled al-Tawil, Abu Huzail al-Allaf, Abdul-Jabbar ibn Ahmed

Wāṣil ibn ʿAtāʾ (700–748) (Arabic: واصل بن عطاء) was an important Muslim theologian and jurist of his time, and by many accounts is considered to be the founder of the Muʿtazilite school of Kalam.

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.[citation needed]

He married the sister of Amr ibn Ubayd.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Valiuddin, Mir. "Muʿtazilism". muslimphilosophy.com. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ Al-Melal wan-Nahal (الملل والنحل) - Ja'far as-Sabhani(Arabic) Archived September 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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  • Wasil ibn Ata an article by Encyclopædia Britannica online.
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