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Abstract

Buddhism is for the most part reported in the name of “Samaniyya” in early and classical Islamic theology (Kalām). The accounts of the so-called Barāhima by Muslim theologians (the Mutakallimūn) also reveal some underlying Buddhist sources. Furthermore, the Islamic atomists share with the Samaniyya and the Barāhima the same epistemological premises, which reflect the theory of pramāna in Buddhism. Regarding the transmission route, all evidence points to Balkh, where two classical Sarvāstivādin Buddhist texts (Vibhāsā and Kośa) containing the main points of the Barāhima-Samaniyya doctrines and Islamic atomism, continued to be taught in the Naw Bahār (New Temple) down to the eve of the Arab conquest.

Keywords

Kalām, Sarvāstivādin Buddhism, Islamic atomism, the Samaniyya, the Barāhima

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ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-14
Open Access
No
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