All beneficial knowledge is revealed": The rational sciences in the maghrib in the age of al-yusi (d. 1102/1691)

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The intellectual history of the Muslim world during the post-formative period is poorly understood compared to the centuries in which the initial development of the principal Islamic intellectual traditions occurred. This article examines the legal status of the natural sciences in the thought of the Moroccan scholar al-.asan al-Yusi (d. 1102/1691) and his contemporaries, both in terms of the categorization of knowledge and in terms of developments in conceptions of causality in post-formative Ash.ari theology. In the latter respect, al-Yusi's writings on causality are compared to those of his contemporary in Damascus, .Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, with attention to the broader historiographic perils in comparing intellectual developments in the Early Modern period to those occurring in Europe. By placing al-Yusi's views in intellectual context, I seek to demonstrate how a more productive history of the natural sciences in the post-formative Muslim world might be written.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-80
Number of pages32
JournalIslamic Law and Society
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 17 2014



  • Morocco in the seventeenth century
  • categorization of knowledge
  • legal status of natural science
  • post-formative intellectual developments in Islam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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