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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 Through a fresh reading of his large body of mostly unpublished works, Akkach argues that ‘Abd al-Ghani helped to herald the beginning of modernity in the Arab world.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

GENRE
Religion et spiritualité
SORTIE
2014
1 juin
LANGUE
EN
Anglais
LONGUEUR
176
Pages
ÉDITEUR
Oneworld Publications
TAILLE
2.5
Mo

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