Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology

Abd Al-ghani Al-nabulusi and His Network of Scholarship

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Lejla Demiri, Samuela Pagani
Sapientia Islamica: Studies in Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck & Company
    , January
     469 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Talal Al-Azem forthcoming.


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’.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Lejla Demiri is Professor of Islamic Doctrine at the Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Samuela Pagani is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy.


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