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Attributes of God
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The attributes of God (Ar. ṣifa, pl. ṣifāt, or naʿt, pl. nuʿūt) constitute an important subject in Islamic theology that over the centuries has engendered a great deal of discussion among various theologians, philosophers, and schools of thought, including the Muʿtazila, the Ashʿariyya, and the Māturīdiyya.

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Gilliot, Claude, “Attributes of God”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_0163>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2



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