|Biographical detail : || He was the titular head of the Maturidi school of theology.
He was a contemporary of al Ashari. Both of them defended orthodox Islam against the Mutazilies. Maturid was a locality in Samarqand where he was born.
He was the author of Kitab al Tawhid, Kitab Al Makalat, Kitab Tawilat Al Qur'an, etc. The Maturidi and the Asharite schools were equally orthodox, but there had always been a tendency to suppress al Maturidi's name and to put al Ashari forward as the champion of Islam except in Mawaral Nahr, where Maturidi school was dominant.