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Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology

'Abd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and His Network of Scholarship (Studies and Texts)
Ed. by Lejla Demiri and Samuela Pagani

[Frühmoderne Tendenzen in der islamischen Theologie. ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī und sein wissenschaftliches Netzwerk (Studien und Texte).]

2019. XI, 469 pages.

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The present volume is dedicated to the study of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī (1641–1731), an outstanding religious scholar from Ottoman Syria. With its interdisciplinary character, it explores Nābulusī's impact on the intellectual and religious history of the 17th-18th-century world of Islam, described until recently as a time of 'stagnation' and 'decline'.
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 17 th-18 th-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 17 th-18 th-century world of Islam, described until recently as a time of 'stagnation' and 'decline'.
Survey of contents
Lejla Demiri/Samuela Pagani: Introduction (ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and the Intellectual and Religious History of the 17th-18th-Century World of Islam)

Part I: Studies
Bakri Aladdin: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī, the Doctrine of the Unity of Being and the Beginnings of the Arab Renaissance
Denis Gril: Jawāhir al-nuṣūṣ fī ḥall kalimāt al-Fuṣūṣ: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Commentary on Ibn ʿArabī's Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam
Jawad Anwar Qureshi: Some of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Kalām Writings
Steven Styer: The Relationship between Kalām and Akbarian Theology in the Thought of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī
Atallah S. Copty: The Legacy of Ibrāhīm al-Kūrānī and Its Influence on the Writings of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī
Astrid Meier: Words in Action: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī as a Jurist
Katharina Ivanyi: 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
Jonathan Parkes Allen: Reading Mehmed Birgivî with ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī: Contested Interpretations of Birgivî's al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya in the 17th-18th-Century Ottoman Empire
Samuela Pagani: Timeless Typologies and New Individualities: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī, Niyâzî-i Mısrî and the Sufi Theory of Sainthood in the Early Modern Ottoman World
John O. Voll: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and Abū l-Mawāhib al-Ḥanbalī: Scholarly Networking in Damascus and Beyond
Erdal Toprakyaran: Nābulusian Sufism in the Ottoman Realm: The Case of Şeyhülislam Mustafa Âşir Efendi
Steve Tamari: Confounding Dichotomies: Elite and Popular, Spiritual and Secular, Pious and Joyous in the Travel Writing of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī
Samir Mahmoud: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Spiritual Journey ( Riḥla) to the Beqaa Valley
Nir Shafir: The Art of Forgetfulness: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī on Memory and Morality
Samer Akkach: Islamic Science and Cosmology in the Post-Copernican Period: Reflections on ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Views

Part II: Texts
Serkan Ince: What Makes Us Human? ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Reflections on Human Nature (Introduction to and critical edition of Nābulusī's Badhl al-iḥsān fī taḥqīq maʿnā l-insān)
Samuela Pagani: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Treatise in Defence of Niyâzî-i Mısrî (Introduction to and critical edition of Nābulusī's al-Ḥāmil fī l-falak wa-l-maḥmūl fī l-fulk fī iṭlāq al-nubuwwa wa-l-risāla wa-l-khilāfa wa-l-mulk)
Lejla Demiri: Death as an Existential Quality ( Amr Wujūdī): ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī's Commentary on Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazzālī's Poetry (Introduction to and critical edition of Nābulusī's al-Kawkab al-mutalālī sharḥ qaṣīdat al-Ghazzālī
Authors/Editors

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).

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