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As rega,;ds the political quietism which many among the ahl al-sunna professed, it should be understood as signifying their unwillingness to revolt agains~"'constituted authority but should not be construed ~mean that they did not wish to play an active role in society in al'ficulating and defending their doctrines. Nor was quietism the only. the early 'Abbasid period. 56 ·~~ .! ;:_ :~ "",. _ ~' Among ih~ \eVolving doctrines of, the ahl al-sunna, probably the most distinctive· (and often the most prone to be defended with highly charged emotions) was their attitude towards some of the most prominent of the Prophet's Companions.
B. Ma'in, Ta'rlkh, ill, pp. 18 (nr. 76), 359 (nr. 1742); IV, pp. 8, 46, 48. 76 On this term and those it designated, see van Ess, Hiiresiographie, pp. S. Halkin, "The I:Iashwiyya", lAOS, LIV (1934), pp. 1-28. bita" in Rasii'il al-lii/:tiz, ed. iriin (Cairo, 1964--65), ll, pp. v. (C. Pellat); I. bit as 'opposition"', Arabica, XXXVll (1990), pp. 56-90; W. bita' and the. bit"', SI, LXXVIII (1993), pp. 27-61. bita' are not supposed to be, in essence, the 'names' of particular groups. They are common, generic nouns which mean 'contemptible, suddeuly powerful, irritating sprouters on the scene'; at the most, they are nicknames.
G. Vitestam (Leiden, 1960), especially pp. 100, 103, e):c. A more common term of abuse for the Mu'tazila, however, was "Magians" (majus), in accordance with a famous tradition attributed to the Prophet: cf. laldi'i, Shar/:1, IV, pp. 707-12. , "Shi'is are the Jews of our community"), see Wasserstrom, Between Muslim and Jew, 96ff. 98 R. Lim, Public Disputation, Power, and Social Order in Late Antiquity (Berkeley, 1995), pp. 149-81. My discussion of the adverse effects of disputation on religious authority draws heavily on Lim's work.
A FEW REASONS FOR DOUBTING THE INSPIRATIONS OF THE BIBLE by Robert G. Ingersol