Muhammad Abduh

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

Muhammad Abduh

Mark Sedgwick

Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905) is widely regarded as the founder of Islamic modernism. Egyptian jurist, religious scholar and political activist, he sought to synthesize Western and Islamic cultural values. This book examines whether Abduh revived true Islam or instigated its corruption.
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The Book

Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905) is widely regarded as the founder of Islamic modernism. Egyptian jurist, religious scholar and political activist, he sought to synthesise Western and Islamic cultural values. Arguing that Islam is essentially rational and fluid, Abduh maintained that it had been stifled by the rigid structures implemented in the generations since Muhammad and his immediate followers. In this absorbing biography, Mark Sedgwick examines whether Abduh revived true Islam or instigated its corruption.

 

CONTENTS


Preface

 

1 THE STUDENT

Tanta

Cairo

Afghani

Graduation

 

2 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS

Muhammad Abduh's Teaching

Politics

Freemasonry

The Opposition Press

Intervention

Defeat

 

3 URABI AND EXILE

Muhammad Abduh the Editor

Muhammad Abduh and Urabi

Triumph and Renewed Defeat

Exile

Afghani, Muhammad Abduh and Islam

To Paris

 

4 PARIS

Muhammad Abduh and Wilfrid Blunt

Al-Urwa al-wuthqa

 

5 BEIRUT

The Break with Afghani

In Search of an Occupation

Risalat al-Tawhid

 

6 THE RETURN TO EGYPT

The National Courts

The Azhar Council

Appointment as Mufti

Law Reform

 

7 THE MUFTI

The Azhar Lectures

Newspapers

Education

 

8 THE FATWAS

Financial Fatwas

The Transvaal Fatwa

Muhammad Abduh's Methodology

Muhammad Abduh's Intentions

 

9 ADVERSITY

Opposition in the Press

Deteriorating Relations with the Khedive

Reactions to the Transvaal Fatwa

Resignation

Death

The Enemy of God?

 

10 THE AFTERMATH

Public Life

Islam

Views on Muhammad Abduh

Conclusion

 

Glossary

Further Reading

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

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

 

About the Author

Mark Sedgwick is Associate Professor of Arab History, Culture and Society at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is the author of Islam and Muslims: A Guide to Diverse Experience in A Modern World.