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Book: Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology

The present volume is dedicated to the study of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī (1641–1731), an outstanding religious scholar, sufi thinker and man of letters from 17th-18th-century Ottoman Syria.

With its focus on a careful examination of Nābulusī’s multifaceted and enriching textual corpus, the present volume offers an in-depth analysis of both his thought and his intellectual milieu.

The essays presented here reflect the wide spectrum of Nābulusī’s interests, from scriptural exegesis to theology, from jurisprudence to mysticism, from philosophy to poetry, ethics and aesthetics. Bringing together expertise in Islamic mysticism, theology and jurisprudence, Ottoman studies, and the social and cultural history of the Middle East, it explores Nābulusī’s work and persona. The studies included in Part I of this volume remind us that Nābulusī’s legacy has many surprises in store for us, and Part II is dedicated to critical editions of three of Nābulusī’s short, but nevertheless important, treatises.

This volume is intended to be the first of many further publications that would bring together the expertise of numerous Nābulusī scholars across disciplines. The interdisciplinary character of the present volume contributes to a better appreciation of Nābulusī’s multifaceted impact on the diversified intellectual and religious history of the 17th-18th-century world of Islam, described until recently as a time of ‘stagnation’ and ‘decline’.

About Authors

Lejla Demiri Born 1975; 2008 PhD from the University of Cambridge; 2007–10 post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge; 2010–12 at the Free University of Berlin; currently Professor of Islamic Doctrine at the Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen (Germany).

Samuela Pagani Born 1965; 2000 PhD in Islamic studies from the Istituto Orientale in Naples; taught Islamic studies and Arabic literature at La Sapienza (Rome) and L’Orientale (Naples) Universities; currently Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy)

Table of Contents

Introduction: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and the Intellectual and Religious History of the 17th–18th-Century World of Islam

ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī, the Doctrine of the Unity of Being and the Beginnings of the Arab Renaissance by Bakri Aladdin

Jawāhir al-nuṣūṣ fī ḥall kalimāt al-Fuṣūṣ:ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Commentary on Ibn ʿArabī’s Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam by Denis Gril

Some of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Kalām Writings by Jawad Anwar Qureshi

The Relationship between Kalām and Akbarian Theology in the Thought of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusi by Steven Styer

The Legacy of Ibrāhīm al-Kūrānī  and Its Influence on the Writings of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī by Atallah S. Copty

Words in Action: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī as a Jurist by Astrid Meier

ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Commentary on Birgivî Mehmed Efendi’s al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya: Early Modern Ottoman Debates on Bidʿa fī l-ʿāda by Katharina Ivanyi

Reading Mehmed Birgivî with ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī: Contested Interpretations of Birgivî’s al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyyain the 17th–18th-Century Ottoman Empire by Jonathan Parkes Allen

Timeless Typologies and New Individualities: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī, Niyâzî-i Mısrî and the Sufi Theory of Sainthood in the Early Modern Ottoman by Samuela Pagani

ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and Abū l-Mawāhib al-Ḥanbalī: Scholarly Networking in Damascus and Beyond by John O. Voll

Nābulusian Sufism in the Ottoman Realm: The Case of Şeyhülislam Mustafa Âşir Efendi by Erdal Toprakyaran

Confounding Dichotomies: Elite and Popular, Spiritual and Secular, Pious and Joyous in the Travel Writing of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nabulusi by Steve Tamari

ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Spiritual Journey (Riḥla) to the Beqaa Valley by Samir Mahmoud

The Art of Forgetfulness: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī on Memory and Morality by Nir Shafir

Islamic Science and Cosmology in the Post-Copernican Period: Reflections on ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Views by Samer Akkach

What Makes Us Human? ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Reflections on Human Nature by Serkan Ince

Badhl al-iḥsān fī taḥqīq maʿnā l-insān

ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Treatise in Defence of Niyâzî-i Mısrî by Samuela Pagani

Al-Ḥāmil fī l-falak wa-l-maḥmūl fī l-fulk fī iṭlāq al-nubuwwa wa-l-risāla wa-l-khilāfa wa-l-mulk

Death as an Existential Quality (Amr Wujūdī): ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Commentary on Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazzālī’s Poetry by Lejla Demiri

Al-Kawkab al-mutalālī sharḥ qaṣīdat al-Ghazzālī

Bibliographic Information

Title: Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology

Editor: Lejla Demiri and Samuela Pagani

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck Verlag

 Language: English

Length: 469 pages

ISBN: 978-3-16-156668-4

Pub. Date: January 1, 2019

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