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Creation

by Erkan M. Kurt

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Paperback
: Jan 1, 2012 • 172 Pages • 15 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295181
Hardcover
: 9781935295181
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"Erkan M. Kurt's book is an amazingly profound and insightful study of the doctrine of creation from the perspective of Islam and in light of the historical and theological interpretation of the Qur'an. He succinctly distinguishes and clarifies issues out of a profound knowledge of both Christian and Islamic thought on his subject from the study of an impressively broad and intelligently chosen bibliography. I would recommend to everyone, Muslim or Christian, to study this work carefully before embarking on another study of religion and science. I also recommend that any writer on the subject reflect on Kurt's beautiful and sweeping picture of the drama of the first and continuing creation—not just Adam and Eve, but me and you and our fellow creatures."
Lynn E. Mitchell, Jr. / Professor and Director
Religious Studies Program, University of Houston


"For those unfamiliar with Islamic thought, particularly concerning nature and metaphysics, this book will serve as an excellent introduction, in part because Erkan M. Kurt also provides a good commentary, from an Islamic position, on Western metaphysical thought and on the role of science. He is conversant with not only his own tradition but also what most Western readers know as their own metaphysical and scientific tradition. Dr. Kurt is a fine young Islamic scholar whose book crosses the cultural borders of Islam and Christianity, science and religion. This is the kind of book which our often xenophobic times needs a great deal."
Bruce Palmer / Professor Emeritus and Former Dean
School of Human Sciences and Humanities, University of Houston-Clear Lake


This book explores the constant of natural existence, the principle that governs the perennial emergence of the world. As understood in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, this principle is "creation" in the sense that everything in the universe comes into existence through the creative command of God. Thus the past, present, and future of nature can be explained by the same fundamental metaphysical tenet. The principle of creation is explored here in the context of Islamic metaphysical tradition and the Qur'anic discourse. Drawing parallels to the contemporary Christian theology, this book aims to help readers better understand God's creative command in terms of both its essence and effect.
Erkan M. Kurt is a researcher at the Institute of Interfaith Dialog and an adjunct professor of Islam at the University of Houston. He has a PhD in Islamic theology from Marmara University
and a Master's degree in Christian theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prefacevii
Introductionix
Part One: The Foundations of Creation1
The Ultimate Explanation of Nature3
Naturalism Against Creation11
The Critique of Naturalism21
The Metaphysical Discourse of The Qur’an29
Part Two: The Divine Command As the Source of Nature37
God’s Creative Will39
The Determination of Nature by the Divine Will39
The Wisdom of the Divine Will44
The Perpetual Rule of the Divine Will54
II. God’s Creative Speech65
The Power of the Divine Speech65
The Transcendent Quality of the Divine Speech71
The Universal Influence of the Divine Speech76
Part Three: Realization of Nature by the Effect of Divine Command83
The First Creation of Nature85
The Concept of First Creation85
Creation of the Universe88
Creation of the Earth92
Creation of Living Species94
Creation of the Human Race101
II. The Continuous Creation of Nature107
The Concept of Continuous Creation107
Creation of Natural Forces112
Creation of the Natural Environment124
Creation of the Human Individual127
Creation of the Course of Life131
Conclusion137
Bibliography139
Index155

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ABOUT AUTHOR

Erkan M. Kurt
Erkan M. Kurt

Erkan M. Kurt is a researcher at the Institute of Interfaith Dialog and an adjunct professor of Islam at the University of Houston. He has a PhD in Islamic Theology from Marmara University and a Master's degree in Christian Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

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