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Kalām (Arabic: علم الكلام, literally "speech" or "words") is the Islamic discipline of seeking theological knowledge through dialectic (debate and argument). It also promotes prudence and logical reasoning. A practitioner of kalām is called a mutakallim (plural mutakallimiin).
- Wolfson, Harry Austryn (1976). "The Philosophy of the Kalam". Harvard University Press. p. 1. http://books.google.com/books?id=fuv8J-g7EdAC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA1.