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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Matteen is currently reading it May 25, To ask other readers questions about Ghazali and the Poetics of Imaginationplease sign up. Not even piety and personal responsibility were disjoined from his dance with multiple discourses. Account Options Sign in. But he draws from a lot of sources massive bibliography of books I want to follow up on and its good to see some real analysis of Ghazali’s thought through combining Islamo-centric and Euro-centric viewopints.

Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination

John is currently reading it Jul 15, But then again, one can pick up that style too just from reading Ghazali Moosa dedicates chapters on Ghazali’s bouts with the philosophers and his opponents Ibn Rushd, al-Ma’ari, and Ibn Taymiyyah etc.

Steve Morrison marked it as to-read Apr 28, Apr 24, Faisal Ali rated it really liked it. View all 4 comments.

Ammar marked it as to-read May 09, Josiah marked it as to-read Feb 17, Nusrat marked it as to-read Mar 27, Mogamat rated it liked it May 03, I had recently read that in Al Only in the realm of science and technology is knowledge of a non-Islamic provenance tolerated, since these are viewed as secular discourses. Abdul Khafid Mastan rated it it was amazing Nov 04, I really liked his chapter on imagination, heart-writing and the role of learning and and writing on Ghazali’s development.

This symptomatic response, of course, is partly explicable in the light of the harsh aftermath of colonialism and the consequent loss of self-confidence among Muslim societies…. Poiesis, in crude terms, relates to the production of knowledge within a given tradition. Ghazali was not for this or that, he was if anything for ihsan or arete as the Greeks say – excellence; he criticized taqlid, kalam scholars and the jurist theatrics of his day.


He does so, as bricoleur, by means of a new narrative integrating thoughts from within multiple discursive traditions, namely philosophy, law, theology and spirituality.

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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Melinda Pelham rated it really liked it Dec tje, Justinlohr marked it as to-read Jan 01, Mira marked it as to-read Jul 23, First, it is not undertaken without the enduring companionship of a good current dictionary.

Knowledge related to religious discourse, such as ethics, law, poeyics, and philosophy, is quarantined from intercourse with ideas that have a non-Islamic genealogy.

In recognising this important phenomenon in Ghazali the writer also recognises that Muslims today are in the midst of the globalisation of liberal capitalism and other hegemonies, and it is in this context that they have to confront their own traditionalism, modernism and fundamentalism. References to this book From Behind the Curtain: Muhammad Jeman marked it as to-read May 31, Jordan marked it as to-read Apr 26, Ghazaki are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Western humanities and modern philosophical traditions intentionally overlook Muslim thought as a sustainable inspiration for knowledge; this is one form of marginalization. Mushtaq Ali marked it as to-read Jun 22, From Behind the Curtain: Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

And certain contemporary Muslim knowledge practices often consciously refrain from articulating Muslim thought in an accessible ghazli or engaging with the historical Muslim tradition in an empowering manner from their multiple locations in the poeitcs.


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For, indeed, those who chose isolation and absence unconsciously endorse the dominant knowledge practices as normative while reducing the knowledge of their own tradition to a subaltern status, veiled in its alleged purity and suffocating in its isolation. I still can’t grasp poeisis to clearly though Some interesting concepts so: Refresh and try again. Moosa refers gahzali the three elements as topoi plural for topos and he refers to Ghazali as a bricoleur, the one who creates using a diverse range of materials multiple discursive traditions.

He is best known for his work in philosophy, ethics, law, and mysticism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Engaging with Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination is not a simple matter. But he draws from a lot of source Moosa seemed to me to be pretentious and showy at first- dry and terse, but as I kept reading I am grateful we have thinkers such as him.

BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 15, Very important to read for any Muslim trying to find his way through the Word. I started to read this book because I had a decidedly distasteful attitude towards Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali and I decided that perhaps I was not giving the man a fair shake. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Yasmin marked it as to-read Jan 02, The chapter on liminality and exile tye important- not very often, you hear Muslims talking about exile and talking of searching for one’s soul.

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