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
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.

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.