Ebrahim Moosa, Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, pages. Reviewed by Muhammad Hozien. Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination has 14 ratings and 3 reviews. Ebadur said : “ an observation that stems from my reading of classical Islamic text. Abu Hamid al-Ghaz&;l&;, a Muslim jurist-theologian and polymath who lived from the mid-eleventh to the early twelfth century in.

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BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 15, Ammar marked it as to-read May 09, Wikimedia Italia added it Dec 31, I still can’t grasp poeisis to clearly though Some interesting concepts so: He is powtics known for his work in philosophy, ethics, law, and mysticism.

Very important to read for any Muslim trying to find his way through the Word. Moosa poses the challenge of courageous thinking within Muslim discursive traditions imaginatiom. But then again, one can pick up that style too just from reading Ghazali He does so, as bricoleur, by means of a new narrative integrating thoughts from within multiple discursive traditions, namely philosophy, law, theology and spirituality.

Some strains of thought did resist this intellectual orientation, but they were hardly successful in dampening it. Sadia marked it as to-read May 28, Dil marked it as to-read Jan 28, They are integral to the work of a serious scholar taking a serious look at a serious scholar and his work.

Knowledge related to religious discourse, such as ethics, law, theology, and philosophy, is quarantined from intercourse with ideas that have a non-Islamic genealogy. Journeys to the Other Shore: And certain contemporary Muslim knowledge practices often consciously refrain from articulating Muslim thought in an accessible idiom or engaging with the historical Muslim tradition in an empowering manner from their multiple locations in the present.


Moosa attempts to present Ghazali a seminal Islamic intellectual and religious figureas template for the encounter of contemporary Muslims with modern knowledge and the profound social changes which have occasioned this new knowledge.

Trivia About Ghazali and the P Imaginatioj to gyazali book From Behind the Curtain: He is best known for his work imatination philosophy, gahzali, law, and mysticism. Khalid rated it liked it Dec 07, No trivia or quizzes yet. This is a form of surrender to the hegemonic discursivity of modernity, even though Islamist proponents would claim to resist modernity by means of such actions.

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This picture contrasts radically with many strains of contemporary Muslim intellectual thought, especially religious discourse. I think this book is probably best for people studying the Islamic sciences but general readers might find plenty of ideas here that might be of value.

Hafsa marked it as to-read Feb 09, But his basic thesis is that Ghazali became a seminal figure in the Islamic intellectual tradition because he was able t So overall I was impressed by both the scope and the content of the book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Paperbackpages.

Theodora marked it as to-read Jan 31, Ghazali was not for this imaginatkon that, he was if anything for ihsan or arete as the Greeks say – excellence; he criticized taqlid, kalam scholars and the jurist theatrics of his day. I really liked his chapter on imagination, heart-writing and the role of learning and and writing on Ghazali’s development. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination by Ebrahim Moosa.

More importantly, it is the epistemological fulcrum locating the balance of coherence and integration between discourses. The chapter on liminality and exile is important- not very often, you hear Muslims talking about exile and talking of searching for one’s soul. In recognising this important phenomenon in Ghazali the writer also recognises that Muslims today are in the midst of the globalisation of liberal capitalism and other hegemonies, and it is in this context that they ikagination to confront their own traditionalism, modernism and fundamentalism.

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Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination

Want to Read saving…. I’ll try and put up a few great quotes from this awesome read! Learning the movements of your own heart, and constantly finding new ways to refine your soul, is the life-mission and fruit of a Muslim.

Nasara marked it as to-read May 14, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hence, a good portion of early Muslim intellectuals were open to the spirit of knowledge, whether it came from Greek, Indian, Biblical, or other philosophical traditions.

From Behind the Curtain: Lists with This Book. Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination. Melinda Pelham rated it really liked it Dec 18, Apr 24, Faisal Ali rated it really liked it.

But he draws from a lot of sources massive bibliography of books I want to follow up on and its good to see some real analysis of Ghazali’s thought through combining Islamo-centric and Euro-centric viewopints. This symptomatic response, of course, is partly explicable in the light of the harsh aftermath of colonialism and the consequent loss of self-confidence among Muslim societies….

At times the text is dense, and Moosa sometimes gets carried away. Moosa seemed to me to be pretentious and showy at first- dry and terse, but as I kept reading I am grateful we have thinkers such as him.