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Dahrīs were thinkers in the early Islamic world whose cosmology left little or no room for God. Usually translated ‘materialists” or “eternalists,” the term has also been used in a generic sense for anyone, such as a modern scientist, who deems the universe to be explicable without reference to divine intervention.

1. The early Dahrīs

The Dahrīs are first mentioned in Iraq in the 120s/740s. By profession they seem mostl…

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Crone, Patricia, “Dahrīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25780>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004234871, 2012, 2012-4

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