'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi

Pages: 176
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: Illustrations

'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi

Islam and the Enlightenment

Samer Akkach

In this unique look at a key figure in the Islamic enlightenment, Samer Akkach examines the life and works of ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi of Damascus.
Hardback
9781851685080 (26 Apr 2007)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

In this unique look at a key figure in the ‘Islamic enlightenment', Samer Akkach examines the life and works of ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641-1731). Often characterized solely as a Sufi saint, his thought and teachings were of a much wider remit, and symptomatic of a growing rationalism among Islamic scholars during his lifetime. Through a fresh reading of his large body of mostly unpublished works, Akkach argues that ‘Abd al-Ghani helped to herald the beginning of modernity in the Arab world.

 

CONTENTS


Preface

Acknowledgements

Glossary

Abbreviations

Illustrations

 

INTRODUCTION

Unresolved Dilemma

Approach

 

PART I HIS LIFE: A VIEW FROM WITHIN

Saintly Predictions

In the Shadow of Controversy

The Ottomans

Ottoman Damascus

The Ottoman Way

 

A Family with One Saint

‘Abd al-Ghani's Great Grandfather

‘Abd al-Ghani's Father

‘Abd al-Ghani

 

Calculated Performance

 

Spiritual Call

Contrasting Receptions

 

On the Sufi Path

Spiritual Growth and Self-making

Alone with Books

Noticeable Absence

Productive Absence

 

Journeys

 

PART II HIS THOUGHT: A VIEW FROM WITHOUT

Heavenly Inspirations, Rational Insights

Critical Attitude

The Treasures of Heritage

 

Faith and Reason

The Science of Stars

The Pit of Misfortune

The Concealed Pearls

 

Enlightenment and the Primacy of Reason

Science versus Religion

 

Islam and the Continuity of Tradition

Copernicus and al-Suyuti

The State of Science

Religion versus Science

 

God in a Mechanical Universe

Rationalising Causality

Effects by Divine Permission

Light and the Night of Possibilities

Unity of Being

Conversing with the Wise

 

The Human Reality

Cartesian Dreams

Structures of Light

Self and Body Fusion

God and Self-Effacement

 

Religion and Otherness

Islamic Extremism

The Truth and the Law

Transcendent Unity of Religions

Islam as Natural Faith

Language and Ethnicity

 

The Emergence of the Public

Engaging the Public

Unprecedented Exposure

Rational Disclosure

 

PART III HIS LEGACY: A VIEW FROM A DISTANCE

Departing Damascus

An Advocate of Truth

 

Biographical Sources

 

Selected Bibliography

List of Arabic and Ottoman Manuscripts Cited

Primary Arabic Sources Cited

Secondary Sources and Further Reading

 

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations Illustrations

 

About the Author

Samer Akkach is Senior Lecturer in Architecture, History, and Theory, and Founding Director of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide, Australia.