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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He is best known for his work in philosophy, ethics, law, Ghazali becomes the stranger located on the threshold of multiple discursive traditions. Josiah marked it as to-read Feb 17, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Wikimedia Italia added it Dec 31, The result is an organic whole representing a paradigm shift, re-imagining Islam, for his time, and all time.

Hassan Hayastani rated it it was amazing Apr 27, When he gets to the discuss of ta’bir oneiromancy or dream interpretation in Islam you begin to finally get a grasp on dissecting Ghazali’s imagination. So overall I was impressed by both the scope and the content of the book.

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Refresh and try again. But he draws from a lot of source 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 poetifs as him. Paperbackpages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For, indeed, those who chose isolation and absence unconsciously endorse the dominant knowledge practices as normative while reducing the knowledge of their own tradition to a subaltern status, veiled in its alleged purity and suffocating in its isolation. Nusrat marked it as to-read Mar 27, Moosa dedicates chapters on Ghazali’s bouts with the philosophers and his opponents Ibn Rushd, al-Ma’ari, and Ibn Taymiyyah etc.


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Marc Manley rated it liked it May 23, Aisha added it May 18, The prevalence of this condition has not only resulted in the atrophy of knowledge, but the process of knowledge production itself has suffocated. Mira marked it as to-read Jul 23, Atif Hussain added it Dec 03, Jordan marked it as to-read Apr 26, He doesn’t hesitate to use new terminology or coin his own terms and ideas, which is refreshing and direly needed in Muslim discourse.

Not even piety and personal responsibility were disjoined from his dance with multiple discourses. He does so, as bricoleur, by means of a new narrative integrating thoughts from within multiple discursive traditions, namely philosophy, law, theology and spirituality. Samir rated it it was amazing Jun 14, Account Options Sign in. Muhammad Jeman marked it as to-read May 31, I’ll try and put up a few great quotes from this awesome read! Mar 07, Ebadur is currently reading it.

The first element is poiesis and ethos. Western humanities and modern philosophical traditions intentionally overlook Muslim thought as a sustainable inspiration for knowledge; this is one form of marginalization. View all 4 comments.

When studying the ancients, I am struck the epistemic openness and the liberty with which many thinkers and authors energetically engaged with a wide variety of knowledge traditions. The chapter on liminality and exile is important- not very often, you hear Muslims talking about exile and talking vhazali searching for one’s soul.

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. Engaging with Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination is not a simple matter.


They did so without allowing the provenance of knowledge be a decisive veto factor. Hafsa marked it as to-read Feb 09, The second element is what Moosa calls the dihliz-ian space, a threshold space, a space that affords Ghazali imaginatin insider-outsider vantage point. Muhammad rated it it was amazing Jun 20, This is a form of surrender to the hegemonic discursivity of modernity, even though Islamist proponents would claim to resist modernity by znd of such actions.

Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination

Aasem Bakhshi marked it as to-read Apr 03, Moosa refers to the three elements as topoi plural for topos and he refers to Ghazali as a bricoleur, the one who creates using a diverse range of materials multiple discursive traditions.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Mogamat rated it liked it May 03, Apr 24, Faisal Ali rated it really liked it. Justinlohr marked it as to-read Jan 01, This picture contrasts radically with many strains of contemporary Muslim intellectual thought, especially religious discourse.

Journeys to the Other Shore: 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.

Theodora marked it as to-read Jan 31,