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Kalam

[kuh-lahm]
noun Islam.
  1. (sometimes lowercase) a school of philosophical theology originating in the 9th century a.d., asserting the existence of God as a prime mover and the freedom of the will.
  2. the word of Allah.
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Origin of Kalam

From the Arabic word kalām literally, talk
Related formsKa·lam·ist, noun
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Historical Examples of kalam

  • Kalam (found in Hindustani also) is derived from the Arabic.

    A Manual of the Malay language

    William Edward Maxwell

  • But he shows himself a more loyal follower of the Kalam by frankly adopting the atomic theory, whereas Saadia opposes it (p. 25).

  • We are arguing against those who imagine they are wise men and students of the Kalam.

  • We have already seen (p. xxi) that this was one of the important theses of the Muʿtazilite Kalam.

  • Only he who has nothing of true belief in his nature must have recourse to Kalam, which may benefit him or injure.