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Creation (in Islamic Philosophy)
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The term ibdāʿ refers to the creation of something, the existence of which is not preceded by matter, time or any other intermediate means; for example, the ten intelligences (al-ʿuqūl al-ʿashara of the Peripatetics), which possess their qualities of existence in actuality, are free of matter (i.e. that which carries the potenti…

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Movahhed, Samad and Translated by Mushegh Asatryan, “Creation (in Islamic Philosophy)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000098>
First published online: 2021

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