Muhammad Abduh

A Biography

Mark Sedgwick

In Egypt, Muhammad Abduh (1849–1905) is now generally remembered as a great scholar and a patriot, a great renewer of Islam, one of those who awaken

English edition
160 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774163319
For sale only in the Middle East

$24.95

In Egypt, Muhammad Abduh (1849–1905) is now generally remembered as a great scholar and a patriot, a great renewer of Islam, one of those who awakened the nation—though the details of this greatness have grown somewhat fuzzy with time. Among scholars, in the Muslim world and the west, he is known as Islam’s leading modernist. For some, his modernism consisted of creating a synthesis of Islam and modern thought; for others, it consisted of the bridge he built between the old world and the new. Some see him as having revived true Islam, some as having proposed an alternative to true Islam. One question that this new biography addresses, then, is quite what his modernism consisted of. Another question is where his modernism came from. And a final question is what happened to it after his death.

Mark Sedgwick

Mark Sedgwick is associate professor of Arab history, culture, and society at Aarhus University, and previously taught for many years at The American University in Cairo. His other books include Sufism: The Essentials (AUC Press, 2003).
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