Suggested Reading: The Life and Legacy of Jamal Al-Din Al-Afghani

February 09, 2012 , 0 Comments

On the latest episode of Diwaniyya, guest expert, Martin Kramer, recommended two must-read texts on the life and work of Jamal Al-Din Al-Afghani:

Albert Hourani's Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, first published in 1962 by Cambridge University Press, is an excellent introduction to Al-Afghani, and a classic general history of Islamic reformists.

An Islamic Response to Imperialism: Political and Religious Writings of Sayyid Jamal ad-Din "al-Afghani" by Nikkie Keddie, first published by University of California Press in 1968, is another in-depth look at Al-Afghani's life and work. 
"Sayyid Jamal al-Din Muhammad b. Safdar al-Afghani (1838-1897)" by Ibrahim Kalim, is a good general introduction that is available online via the Center for Islamic Studies.

Last but not least, have a look at Martin Kramer's
"America and Afghani," a discussion of the United States of America and the legacy of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani.

If you have any reading recommendations on Al-Afghani, post a comment on our blog, or
email us with suggestions.


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