Note on the Question of Animal Suffering in Medieval Islam

Muslim Mu‘tazilite Theology Confronted by Manichean Iranian Thought

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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Abstract

The suffering and cruelty inflicted on animals in the medieval Muslim world has been the subject of widespread theological-philosophical debate between Muslim thinkers and Iranian Manicheans. A Mu‘tazilite thinker ‘Abd al-Jabbâr al-Hamadânî al-Asadâbâdî takes Manichean objections into consideration.

Contributor Notes

Didier Gazagnadou is Professor of Anthropology (Dr. HDR.) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Paris 8. He is also a member of the research team (EA 1571) ‘Histoire des pouvoirs, savoirs et sociétés’ of Paris 8 and a member of the research network ‘Anthropologie comparative des sociétés musulmanes’ of the ‘Laboratoire d’Anthropologie sociale’, Paris. Its research relates to the spread of techniques and ideas in Eurasia and particularly in the Middle East. E-mail: dgazagnadou@univ-paris8.fr

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