Wasil ibn Ata

Wasil ibn Ata'
Title Al-Ghazzal
Born 700 CE
Died 748 (aged 4748)
Ethnicity Arab
Era Islamic golden age
Region Arabia
Occupation Muslim philosopher
Religion Islam
Main interest(s) Islamic theology
Notable idea(s) Rationalism in Islamic theology, Founder of Mu'tazili school of thought, Free will of humans, Indeterminism, Incompatibilism Metaphorical interpretation of the Qur'an

Wasil ibn Ata (700–748) (Arabic: واصل بن عطاء) was an important Muslim theologian and jurist of his time, and by many accounts is considered to be the founder of the Mutazilite school of Islamic thought.

Born around the year 700 in the Arabian Peninsula, he initially studied under Abd-Allah ibn Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, the grandson of the renowned Rashidun Caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib. Later he would travel to Basra in Iraq to study under Hasan al-Basri (one of the Tabi‘in). In Basra he began to develop the ideologies that would lead to the Mutazilite school. These stemmed from conflicts that many scholars had in resolving theology and politics. His main contribution to the Mutazilite school was in planting the seeds for the formation of its doctrine.

Wasil ibn Ata died in 748 in the Arabian Peninsula.

He married the sister of Amr ibn Ubayd.[2]

See also


  1. Mir Valiuddin. [evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/muslim_philosophy011.htm]
  2. Al-Melal wan-Nahal (الملل والنحل) - Ja'far as-Sabhani(Arabic) Archived September 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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