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Did classical Muslim scholars criticise, insult or abuse each other?

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Sometimes scholars would criticise each other resorting to insults and abuses.

The following comprise examples:

  • The scholar al-Dawwani when discussing whether Pharaoh died as a believer arose the ire of the 17th-century theologian Ali al-Qari al-Harawi (d. 1014/1605). Ali composed a stinging rebuttal to al-Dawwani's claims in his hostile commentary in Farr al-'awn where he let no lapse of logic, doctrine, or grammar pass unnoticed; and incorporated gibes, sarcastic asides and downright insults, calling his long-dead victim both feeble-minded and ignorant.


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