Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi

Pages: 160
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi

Islamic Reform and Arab Revival

Itzchak Weismann

The first full-scale English biography of Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi, one of the most articulate and original proponents of the reformist ideas underlying modern Islamic thought
Hardback
9781780747958 (3 Dec 2015)
RRP £30.00 / US$40.00

The Book

Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi (1855-1902) was one of the most articulate and original proponents of reformist ideas in the Arab world, as well as a precursor of Arab nationalism. A journalist, political thinker and social activist from Aleppo, Syria, he was a sharp critic of both the scholarly and Sufi religious traditions, and of the autocratic Ottoman government of the day. Undeterred by persecution and arrest, he advocated returning to the model of the forefathers of Islam and was an overt supporter of liberty, an Arab Caliphate, and the separation of religion and state.

The first full-scale biography of Kawakibi in any European language, this work combines an account of his life with a fresh look at his writings, from the newspapers he founded in Aleppo to the books he published in Cairo. Drawing on memoirs of relatives and colleagues and on archival material, Itzchak Weismann demonstrates Kawakibi's originality and assesses his impact on the evolution of Islamic political thought and the course of Arab nationalism during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

 

CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION

 

1 THE MAKING OF A SYRIAN ISLAMIC INTELLECTUAL

Politics and Society in Late Ottoman Aleppo

The Urban Religious Landscape

Family Background

Between Traditional and Modern Education

 

2 EXPERIMENTS IN JOURNALISM

Official and Private Editor

The Vocation of the Press

The Afflictions of the Ottoman System

New Hopes for Aleppo

Communal Troubles

 

3 A PROVINCIAL OTTOMAN NOTABLE'S CAREER

Facing the Hamidian Regime

A Man of His Class

For the Sake of the People

Overtures toward a Middle Class

An Exile in Egypt

 

4 THE CRISIS OF THE MUSLIM WORLD

Kawakibi's Oeuvre

An Islamic Conference in Mecca

The Degeneration of the Umma

Critic of the Religious Tradition

The Failings of the Tanzimat

 

5 A BLUEPRINT FOR REFORM

Modernist Salafi Reformation

The Model of the West

An Association for Muslim Edification

An Arab Caliphate

 

6 AGAINST TYRANNY

A Scientific Inquiry

Defining Tyranny

The Politico-Religious Nexus

Knowledge and Public Service

Socialism and Democracy

Toward Progress

 

7 IN THE EYES OF POSTERITY

A Middle-Class Family

A Mixed Legacy

A Final Assessment

 

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Itzchak Weismann is Professor of Islamic studies and Director of the Jewish-Arab Center at Haifa University, Israel. His research focuses on modern Islam, including Islamic movements in the Middle East and South Asia, and interfaith dialogue.