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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At times the text is dense, and Moosa sometimes gets carried away.
Mushtaq Ali marked it as to-read Jun 22, Such a creative and critical inheritance, he concludes, ought to be heeded by those who seek to cultivate Muslim intellectual traditions in today’s tumultuous world. But his basic thesis is that Ghazali became a seminal figure in the Islamic intellectual tradition because he was able to think on the threshold dihliz between multiple disciplines and modes of thought, which allowed him to synthesise these disciplines producing something new a bricoleour he says whilst also leaving his ideas open to dialogical development.
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In real terms, poiesis and ethos bring together the onto-theological vision of the jurists as ghaxali as the mystical vision experienced by the sufis. Ghazali re-creates ways of looking at the origin and general structure of religion, its elements and laws, particularly with respect to characteristics like space, time, causality and freedom. Hassan Hayastani rated it it was amazing Apr 27, ane Laurel rated it it was amazing Mar 04, He doesn’t hesitate to use new terminology or coin his own terms and ideas, which is refreshing and direly needed in Muslim discourse.
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Such a creative and critical inheritance, he concludes, ought to be heeded by those who seek to cultivate Muslim intellectual traditions in today’s tumultuous world. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
But then again, one can pick up that style too just from reading Ghazali He is best known for his work in philosophy, ethics, law, and mysticism. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.
Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination
Moosa poses the challenge of courageous thinking within Muslim discursive traditions today. This is a poetjcs of surrender to the hegemonic discursivity of modernity, even though Islamist proponents would claim to resist modernity by means of such actions.
The first element is poiesis and ethos.
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The second element is what Moosa calls the dihliz-ian space, a threshold space, a space that affords Ghazali an insider-outsider vantage point. I found it challenging but I grew into it. Jan 23, Umar rated it really liked it. Atif Hussain added it Dec 03, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
I really liked his chapter on imagination, heart-writing and the role of learning and and writing on Ghazali’s development. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jalees Rehman rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Moosa dedicates chapters on Ghazali’s bouts with the philosophers and his opponents Ibn Rushd, al-Ma’ari, and Ibn Taymiyyah etc. They did so without allowing the provenance of knowledge be a decisive veto factor.
This book is good if only for that- to get an idea of the Muslim imagination and creatively employing it for the purposes of piety. He is best known for his work in philosophy, ethics, law,