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Author Woerner-Powell, Tom

Title Another Road to Damascus : an Integrative Approach to 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza'iri (1808-1883)
Published Berlin/Boston : De Gruyter, 2017


Description 1 online resource (266 pages)
Contents Foreword ; Introduction ; The Many Lives of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jazā'irī; Aims and Methods ; An Overview of Sources ; Chapter Outline ; 1.0 Chapter One -- Sirah Sayfiyyah: ʿAbd al-Qadir in North Africa, 1833- 1848; 1.1 First Steps and Interpretive Framework ; 1.2 Origins ; 1.3 ʿAbd al-Qādir's Internal Policy ; 1.4 ʿAbd al-Qādir's Relations with France ; 1.5 ʿAbd al-Qādir's Relations with Morocco
1.6 Conclusion 2.0 Chapter Two -- ʿAbd al-Qādir's Risālah on Hijrah ; 2.1 Style and Presentation ; 2.2 Sources ; 2.3 Forms of Inference and Argumentation ; 2.4 Further Themes: Sincerity and Hypocrisy ; 2.5 Faith, Nation, and Legitimation -- The secondary literature in light of the Risalah on Hijrah
3.0 Chapter Three -- Exile and Imprisonment on the Road to Damascus 1848-1852 ; 3.1 Imprisonment ; 3.2 Trial and Tribulation ; 3.3 Release ; 3.4 A 'Road to Damascus' Moment? ; 3.5 Continuity ; 4.0 Chapter Four -- From Istanbul to Damascus, 1853-1864
4.1 An Algerian Island off the Sea of Marmara 4.2 A Reminder to the Reasonable and an Admonishment to the Negligent ; 4.3 The Dhikrā and a European Conversion; 4.4 Arrival in Damascus, 1855 ; 4.5 Riot, Rescue, and Representation ; 5.0 Chapter Five -- Sīrah Ṣūfiyyah: Sufism, Suspicion, and the Kitāb al-Mawāqif; 1864-1883; 5.1 Major Themes in the Kitāb al-Mawāqif
5.2 ʿAbd al-Qādir's Later Life and Politics: Reading Conversion into the Kitāb al-Mawāqif5.3 ' Abd al-Qadir's Conversion to Pluralism: Investigating the Evidence; 5.4 The Western Roots of ʿAbd al-Qādir's Spiritual 'Conversion' ; 6.0 Conclusion ; 6.1 Another Road to Damascus ; 6.2 Reflections on the Road Onward ; Afterword ; Bibliography -- Archival Sources ; Texts by ?Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza'iri
Summary This text challenges existing writing on 'Abd al-Qādir al-Jazā'irī which divides his life into two juxtaposed phases separated by narratives of conversion: from Francophobia to Francophilia, from militarism to pacifism, from activism to quietism, from Islamism to pluralism, from politics to religion. This work's interdisciplinary approach demonstrates that these narratives cannot be sustained in light of the evidence. Rather, they can be shown to originate in specific historical, cultural, and methodological tendencies within western societies and academies. Drawing on primary materials including archival documents and selections from his own writing, it constructively critiques his reception in the literature while advancing a continuous and contextualised account of his life and ideas. These include the relating of his ethico-religious and jurisprudential concerns to his political decision-making, and a resituating of his mystical writings within a definite moral, epistemological, and political context. By problematising these interpretive issues, this thesis aims at opening new avenues for understanding even as it offers its own solutions. In so doing, this study contributes to discussions on Sufism, political Islam, and east-west relations
Analysis (Produktform)Electronic book text
(Zielgruppe)Fachpublikum/ Wissenschaft
(BISAC Subject Heading)HIS001030
(BISAC Subject Heading)REL037000: REL037000 RELIGION / Islam / General
(BISAC Subject Heading)LIT004010: LIT004010 LITERARY CRITICISM / African
(BISAC Subject Heading)HIS026000: HIS026000 HISTORY / Middle East / General
(BISAC Subject Heading)REL037010: REL037010 RELIGION / Islam / History
Politischer Islam
Sufism; Political Islam; Intercultural
Political Islam
(Produktrabattgruppe)PR: rabattbeschränkt/Bibliothekswerke
Notes Additional Primary Sources
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-238) and indexes
Notes In English
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Subject ʻAbd al-Qādir ibn Muḥyī al-Dīn, Amir of Mascara, 1807?-1883.
SUBJECT ʻAbd al-Qādir ibn Muḥyī al-Dīn, Amir of Mascara, 1807?-1883 fast
Subject Politicians -- Algeria -- Biography
Islam -- Africa, North -- History
North Africa
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783110499513