‘Abd Al-ghani Al-nabulsi

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI:
‘Abd Al-ghani Al-nabulsi

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Syria is traditionally known for its religious tolerance and as the birthplace of Arab nationalism. The themes of tolerance and “Arabness” run through al-Nabulsi's works and he drew inspiration in these areas from two antecedents. With regard to Arabness, al-Nabulsi built on the work of his older contemporary and fellow Damascene, the Shafi'i jurist Najm al-Din al-Ghazzi (1570–1651), whose writings were marked by a deep concern for the backwardness of the umma (the community of believers). The new Muslim rulers allowed the local Christians and Jews to retain their religious practices in exchange for the payment of a poll tax (jizya), which absolved non-Muslims from the duty of fighting for Islam.

Keywords: Syria; tolerance; Nabulsi; jizya; Islam

Chapter.  6698 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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