Kalam [Arabic], lit. speech, something spoken; in diction & language: parlance; talk, discourse; in grammar, a sentence; also, a quasi inference. A powerful movement within Islamic thought (sometimes imperfectly translated as Islamic scholasticism).
Mutakallim: a practitioner of Kalam (pl. mutakallimun).
`ilm al-Kalam: a science in which one investigates the Being and attributes of God, and the conditions of possible things with respect to creation and restitution.
Kalam, an edited and moderated list and news service, seeks to build a fraternity of scholars who are interested in a constructive discourse on Islam and science.