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Reading Al-Sha'rani: The Sufi Genealogy of Islamic Modernism in Late Ottoman Damascus

Leila Hudson

in Journal of Islamic Studies

Published on behalf of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Volume 15, issue 1, pages 39-68
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0955-2340
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1471-6917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jis/15.1.39
Reading Al-Sha'rani: The Sufi Genealogy of Islamic Modernism in Late Ottoman Damascus

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This article uses information on book ownership from probate inventories of the qassam court of Damascus in the last decades of the Ottoman Empire to highlight the prominence of Sufi literature, particularly the works of the 16th century Sufi shaykh Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha'rani, at the end of the 19th century. Al-Sha'rani’s theme of transcending the mentality of rivalry between madhhabs or schools of Islamic legal thought provides a lense through which to view the politics and upheavals of nineteenth century Damascus. Following the social networks of readers, Sufis, Hanafis and Shafi'is who figured in late Ottoman Damascene institutions and conflicts reveals genealogies linking sufism and emergent salafi Islamic modernism which would contribute to nationalism in the twentieth century.

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Subjects: History ; Islam ; Regional and Area Studies

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