The Art of Disputation in Islam
Md. Asham Ahmad
An Introduction and Annotated Translation of Risalah Waladiyyah
Dialectical Thinking and The Art of Disputation is specifically espoused in the intellectual tradition of Islam in the form of a discipline known as Adab al-Bahth wa al-Munazarah (the Procedure of Inquiry and Debate), a creative synthesis of logic and juridical dialectics aimed at arriving at truth via a disciplined debate, in which a proposition and its proof can be cross-examined by the disputants. Three main components of this discipline are the definition (tariff, the classification (taqsim) and the proposition (tasdiq). This book introduces an important text in this discipline complete with its English translation.