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Tawheed al Mufaddal: Conversation between Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) and His Faithful Companion Paperback – December 4, 2011

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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466246685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466246683
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Tradition of Mufaddal” is a Shia Muslim text attributed to the sixth Imam, Jafar al-Sadiq (8th century). In its present form, the text is taken from a 17th century compilation, the vast “Bihar al-Anwar”, edited by Allama Majlisi. I'm not familiar with its exact manuscript history. For instance, one would like to know whether the text really is from the 8th century, or whether it's early modern and retrospectively attributed to Al-Sadiq, who is regarded as one of the most important Shia scholars. Perhaps an expert on the history of science can have some fun with this material…

The text is a polemic against “atheists” and “Manicheans”, the former denying the existence of a Creator altogether, the latter claiming that the material universe cannot be the work of the true god, since it's imperfect and evil. Al-Sadiq's response is a sustained appeal to the argument from design. The closest Western equivalent would be William Paley. “Tawheed al Mufaddal” is essentially a rather long-winding collection of perceived examples of design in nature, the animal world, and the constitution of man. Some things (almost) never change: the peacock is mentioned, although the Imam sees it as an example of perfect artistic design, while Phillip Johnson saw it as a creation of a whimsical god. Much of the biological knowledge in “Tawheed al Mufaddal” is out of date, such as the claim that dolphins kill and eat birds, using dead fish as bait! Since the Shia Imams are supposed to be infallible, this is surely a problem if you are a devout follower of this current. The translation is awkward, since some of the factoids make no sense even on their own (surely it’s an eagle, not a “cloud”, that attacks the pythons?).
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This book truly fascinate's me!
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