|Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi|
|Born||November 7, 994 (384 AH)
"Córdoba, "Caliphate of Córdoba
|Died||August 15, 1064 (456 AH)
Montíjar, near "Huelva, "Taifa of Seville
|Notable work(s)||Kitab al-Fisal fi al-milal wa-al-ahwa' wa-al-nihal|
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Abū Muḥammad ʿAlī ibn Aḥmad ibn Saʿīd ibn Ḥazm ("Arabic: أبو محمد علي بن احمد بن سعيد بن حزم; also sometimes known as al-Andalusī aẓ-Ẓāhirī; November 7, 994 – August 15, 1064 (456 AH) was an "Andalusian "poet, "polymath, "historian, "jurist, "philosopher and "theologian, born in "Córdoba, present-day "Spain. He was a leading proponent and codifier of the "Zahiri "school of Islamic thought, and produced a reported 400 works of which only 40 still survive. The "Encyclopaedia of Islam refers to him as having been one of the leading thinkers of the "Muslim world, and he is widely acknowledged as the father of "comparative religious studies.
Ibn Hazm's grandfather Sa'id and his father Ahmad both held high advisory positions in the court of the "Umayyad "Caliph "Hisham II. The family claimed to be of "Persian descent. However, scholars believe it more likely that they were Iberian Christians who converted to Islam.
Having been raised in a politically and economically important family, Ibn Hazm mingled with people of power and influence all his life. He had access to levels of government by his adolescence that most people at the time would never know throughout their whole lives. These experiences with government and politicians caused Ibn Hazm to develop a reluctant and even sad skepticism about human nature and the capacity of human beings to deceive and oppress. His reaction was to believe that there was no refuge or truth except with an infallible God, and that with men resided only corruption. Ibn Hazm was thus known for his cynicism regarding humanity and a strong respect for the principles of language and sincerity in communication.
Ibn Hazm lived among the circle of the ruling hierarchy of the "Umayyad government. His experiences produced an eager and observant attitude, and he gained an excellent education at Cordoba. His talent gained him fame and allowed him to enter service under the "Caliphs of Córdoba and "Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir, "Grand Vizier to the last of the Umayyad caliphs, "Hisham III. He was also a colleague of "Abd al-Rahman Sanchuelo.
After the death of the grand vizier "al-Muzaffar in 1008, the Umayyad Caliphate of Iberia became embroiled in a civil war that lasted until 1031 resulting in its collapse of the central authority of "Córdoba and the emergence of many smaller incompetent states called "Taifas.
Ibn Hazm's father died in 1012. Ibn Hazm was frequently imprisoned as a suspected supporter of the "Umayyads. By 1031, Ibn Hazm retreated to his family estate at Manta Lisham and had begun to express his activist convictions in the literary form. He was a leading proponent and codifier of the "Zahiri "school of Islamic thought, and produced a reported 400 works of which only 40 still survive.  He is also known to have been fond of adventure and travels, and wrote about his visit to the island of "Majorca and its capitol "Palma. His notes grant interesting insight into the invention and construction of "caravels.["citation needed]
Contemporaries coined the saying, "the tongue of Ibn Hazm was a twin brother to the sword of "al-Hajjaj" (an infamous 7th century general and governor of Iraq) and he became so frequently quoted that the phrase “Ibn Hazm said” became proverbial.
As an "Athari, he opposed the allegorical interpretation of religious texts, preferring instead a "grammatical and "syntactical interpretation of the "Qur'an. He granted cognitive legitimacy only to revelation and sensation and considered "deductive reasoning insufficient in legal and religious matters. He rejected practices common among more orthodox schools such as "juristic discretion. While initially a follower of the "Maliki school of law within "Sunni Islam, he switched to the "Shafi'i school later and, around the age of thirty, finally settled with the "Zahiri school. He is perhaps the most well-known adherent to the school, and the main source of extant works on Zahirite law. He studied the school's precepts and methods under Abu al-Khiyar al-Dawudi al-Zahiri of "Santarém Municipality, and was eventually promoted to the level of a teacher of the school himself. In 1029, the two of them were expelled from the main mosque of Cordoba for their activities.
Ibn Hazm has been described as the second most prolific author in Muslim history, only surpassed by "Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari in terms of works authored. While much of Ibn Hazm's work was burned in Seville by an alliance of his sectarian and political opponents, a number of his books have survived. His writing style has been described as repetitive, which was Ibn Hazm's way of emphasizing a point he felt was important to a given discussion. His method of dialogue was harsh, and he appeared to have little fear or respect for those who disagreed with him, be they fellow academics or government officials.
In addition to works on law and theology, Ibn Hazm also wrote more than ten books on medicine. He also addressed the issue of integrating the sciences into a standard curriculum for education; his work Organization of the sciences divides education of the various fields diachronically into stages of progressive acquisition. The entire curriculum he suggests spans five years, starting with language and "exegesis of the Qur'an, includes the life and physical sciences and culminates with a sort of rational theology.
In his Fisal (Detailed Critical Examination), a treatise on "Islamic science and "theology, Ibn Hazm stressed the importance of sense "perception as he realized that human "reason can be flawed. While he recognized the importance of reason, since the "Qur'an itself invites "reflection, he argued that this reflection refers mainly to "revelation and "sense data, since the principles of reason are themselves derived entirely from "sense experience. He concludes that reason is not a faculty for independent "research or "discovery, but that "sense perception should be used in its place, an idea that forms the basis of "empiricism.
Ibn Hazm wrote the Scope of Logic, in which he stressed on the importance of sense perception as a source of knowledge. He wrote that the "first sources of all human knowledge are the soundly used senses and the intuitions of "reason, combined with a correct understanding of a language." Ibn Hazm also criticized some of the more traditionalist theologians who were opposed to the use of "logic and argued that the first generations of "Muslims did not rely on logic. His response was that the early Muslims had witnessed the "revelation directly, whereas the Muslims of his time have been exposed to contrasting beliefs, hence the use of logic is necessary in order to preserve the true teachings of "Islam. The work was first republished in Arabic by "Ihsan Abbas in 1959, and most recently by "Abu Abd al-Rahman Ibn Aqil al-Zahiri in 2007.
In his book, In Pursuit of Virtue, ibn Hazm had urged his readers with the following:
Do not use your energy except for a cause more noble than yourself. Such a cause cannot be found except in Almighty God Himself: to preach the truth, to defend womanhood, to repel humiliation which your creator has not imposed upon you, to help the oppressed. Anyone who uses his energy for the sake of the vanities of the world is like someone who exchanges gemstones for gravel.
In addition to his views on honesty in communication, Ibn Hazm also addressed the science of language to some degree. He viewed the "Arabic language, the "Hebrew language and the "Syriac language as all essentially being one language which branched out as the speakers settled in different geographic regions and developed different vocabularies and grammars from the common root. He also differed with many Muslim theologians in that he didn't view Arabic as superior to other languages; this was due to the fact that the Qur'an does not describe Arabic as such, and in Ibn Hazm's view there was no proof for claiming any language was superior to another.
Ibn Hazm was well known for his strict literalism, and is considered the champion of the literalist Zahirite school within Sunni Islām. A commonly cited example is his interpretation of the first half of verse 23 in the Qur'anic chapter of "Al-Isra prohibiting one from saying "uff" to one's parents; Ibn Hazm said that half of the verse only prohibits saying "uff" and doesn't prohibit hitting one's parents for example, but rather that hitting them is prohibited by the second half of the verse as well as verse 24 which command kind treatment of parents.
Ibn Hazm's views on "sound is that it travels at specific speeds. He gave examples of "echo inside the "Mosque of Córdoba to prove his statements; among the examples he proposed was the reference to the interval between "lightning and the "thunder that follows it. He also implicitly believed that lightning causes thunder. 
Ibn Hazm also presented a notion on Dynamics regarding the "nature of motion of bodies". Ibn Hazm explained that: "there are mobile objects and stationary objects, but there is no motion nor staticness". 
Ibn Hazm was highly critical of the Shia sect.
Muslim scholars, especially those subscribing to Zahirism, have often praised Ibn Hazm for what they perceive as his knowledge and perseverance. "Yemeni preacher "Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi'i was one of Ibn Hazm's admirers in recent times, holding the view that no other Muslim scholar had embodied the "prophetic tradition of the "Muhammad and the "Sahaba. Similarly, Pakistani cleric "Badi' ud-Din Shah al-Rashidi taught Ibn Hazm's book Al-Muhalla to students in "Masjid al-Haram, while living in "Mecca. al-Wadi'i himself taught Al-Muhalla in "Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, while in "Medina. "Abu Abd al-Rahman Ibn Aqil al-Zahiri, the primary biographer of Ibn Hazm in the modern era, has authored a number of works on Ibn Hazm's life and career, many published through Ibn Aqil's printing press which is named after Ibn Hazm.
Modernist revival of Ibn Hazm's general critique of Islamic legal theory has seen several key moments in Arab intellectual history, including "Ahmad Shakir's republishing of Al-Muhalla, "Muhammad Abu Zahra's biography of Ibn Hazm, and the republishing of archived epistles on legal theory by "Sa'id al-Afghani in 1960 and "Ihsan Abbas between 1980 and 1983.
Indeed, Ibn Hazm, who was an Athari scholar of the now extinct Zahirite school of law in Spain...
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