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Unseen, without needing to take a specific position on precisely how that truth will be actualised. This stands in contrast to alternative interpretive positions which allow human reason greater scope, and may therefore prefer allegorising interpretations when confronted with texts that confound rationality. In the medieval period, a large majority of Muslim theologians stood by the view that the core eschatological doctrines and symbols must be held literally as tenets of faith. A smaller number derived inspiration from an intellectual tradition that constructed a dual truth system whereby archetypal or symbolic truth and material truth were asserted to be simultaneously distinct and compatible.

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