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Ibn ar-Rawandi (c.910?)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-H035-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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A highly enigmatic and controversial figure in the history of Islamic thought, Ibn ar-Rawandi wavered between a number of Islamic sects and then abandoned all of them in favour of atheism. As an atheist, he used reason to destroy religious beliefs, especially those of Islam. He compared prophets to unnecessary magicians, God to a human being in terms of knowledge and emotion, and the Qur’an to an ordinary book. Contrary to Islamic belief, he advocated that the world is without a beginning and that heaven is nothing special.

Citing this article:
Inati, Shams C.. Ibn ar-Rawandi (c.910?), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-H035-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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