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Md. 1, 21. , 2 1. , 22. 2. the notion of divine dm- and justice (al-qadkr wa al-%&) ; 3. the questions concemed with promise and waming (al-wa'd wa d-wa CdJ 4. " The first method is to consider the doctrinal questions as the headings of the structures, The second m e t h d is to use the names of the founders of the sects as the headings under which the doctrinal questions are described Because of its scientific accuracy, al-Shahrastàrll decides to adopt the latter method? At the end of this second introduction, in addition to explainhg this methodological aspect, al-Shahrastani States that he has the fidl intention to write an objective and unbiased report on the Muslim sects.

The most remarkable contribution of ai-Shahrastàlii in te- of the met hodologicai aspect 38 Joseph M. Kitagawa, T h e History o f Religions in America," in The History of Religions: k y s in Methodofogy, eed- M. M. Kitagawa (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, s ' impression, ~ 1970). 16. 39 Charles H. Long's remarks appear in footnote to Ismail R Al-Firüqï, "Historyof Religions: Its Nature and Significance for Christian Education and the Muslim-Christian Dialogue," in ~ u m e n ,vol. XXII, Fasc.

In general, modem scholars in the science of the history of religions tend to consider medieval studies done on the subject of religion to be subjective and full of biased opinions. This is because the study of religion in the Middle Ages was usually only oriented towards theological and philosophical problems, as Kit agawa states: " Al-Juwayai, al-lisbiii i f i Qaww' &-Adilla fi fi2 al-PfiqZci, ed. , 1950). ' Al-GhaZaIi. ai-1qtig:sàa fi al-l'rigi e d M&mÜd Tawfiq (Cairo: Maktabat alHusayn al-Tijsyya, n-d,).

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