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I4 01 NtISIl/i. p. 81, preseat. tbe argDmeDt thi, way: kDowledle. ye, i, aD eteraal attribute whicb DDcove... the objects kDowledge wbea it ie cODaected witb them. eDtaI'y can be parapbrued .. foUow'. TIlese objecta of bowledge which are uDcovered are all thOle objecta wbether esiateDt or DODui'teat, imp08lible or poaible. coDtiDgeDt or eterDal, iDiDite or fiDite, particular or uDivenal. itatee hemg kDOW. i. tbe easeDce of tbe object. e aDd what nece,sitates kDowiDgDe.. i. ealCDce, and tbe relatioD of the elseDce to all object.

J4 For example, the movement of the hand generates, by necessity, the movement of the ring, and the movement of the hand in water generates the movement of the water. These occurrences are observed and reason also bears them out. If the movements of the hand and ring are created by God, it would be conceivable that He may create the movement of the band without the movement of the water, and that is absurd. The absurdity of this position holds true of all generated things with all of their ramifications.

P. 123. 29. Ibid. 30. I~ytJ' 'Ula", ad-Dill, Lajnat Nasbr ahThaqifah al-Islimiyyah. Cairo. H •• Vol. I. pp. 88. 4,ba in li U~ul ad· Din, p. 25, cited by Dunya. p. 128. and Watt, p. \19. 32. ,.. p. 25. A Note on the Footnote Syslem The reader will encounter in the text of the translation two systems ot footnotes. When the number is followed by a letter Ha" as in 5a. for example. such a number rders to a variant reading to be found in the Appendix. When a Dumber is not followed by a letter, the reference is to a quoted work.

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