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Muslim philosopher
Name: Wasil ibn Ata'
Title: Al-Ghazzal
Birth: 700CE
Death: 748CE
Ethnicity: Arab
Region: Mesopotamia
Maddhab: Mu'tazili
Influences: Hasan al-Basri, Ma'bad al-Juhani [1], Ghailan ad-Dimashqi
Influenced: Amr ibn Ubayd, Othman ibn Khaled al-Tawil, Abu Huzail al-Allaf, Abdul-Jabbar ibn Ahmed

Wasil ibn Ata (700–748) (Arabic: واصل بن عطاء‎) was a Muslim theologian, 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 son of the famous fourth 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. []
  2. ^ Al-Melal wan-Nahal (الملل والنحل) - Ja'far as-Sabhani (Arabic)

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