Mu'tazila and Mu'tazilites

03 Oct 1994 12:02

Ties to pre-Islamic philosophy; science; democratic politics; Sufism; feminism. Use by modernizers in the contemporary Muslim world as ``acceptable ancestors''. (I got on to this because of Fatima Mernissi, specifically the parts of Islam and Democracy devoted to the Mu'tazilites. Unfortunately it looks like the serious work on this is not in English...)