A Historiographical Approach to the Qur’an and Shari’a in Late 19th Century India: the Case of Chiragh ‘Ali

  • Carimo Mohomed Universidade Católica Portuguesa e Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Palavras-chave: Índia, Islã, Século XIX

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Analysing the book The Proposed Political, Legal, and Social Reforms in the Ottoman Empire and Other Mohammadan States (1883) and undertaking a historical contextualization, this paper problematizes the epistemis and epistemological framework underlying the articulation of Chiragh ‘Ali’s discourse, focusing on how he viewed the Qur’an and Shari’a according to the intellectual debates in the 19th century. Often refuting, in his writings, missionary and Orientalist criticisms of Islam as being hostile to reason and incapable of reform, Chiragh ‘Ali rather argued that the Islamic legal system and schools were human institutions capable of modification. While defending that the Qur’an taught religious doctrine and rules for morality, Chiragh ‘Ali held the opinion that it did not support a detailed code of immutable civil law or dictate a specific political system, drawing on an examination of the traditional sources of the Islamic law and methods to overcome the rigidity of traditional theologians.

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Carimo Mohomed, Universidade Católica Portuguesa e Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Born in 1973. Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Theory and Analysis). Graduated in History. Researcher at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portuguese Catholic University) and at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon). Research interests are the History of Political Ideas in the Islamic world, particularly in South Asia, and the relations between Religion and Politics in different cultural and civilisational contexts. Member of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies’ “Faith, Politics, and Society” Research Network, of the International Political Science Association Research Committee “Religion and Politics” (RC 43), and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Islamic Thought, which is published jointly by the International Society of Muslim Philosophers and Theologians (ISOMPT) and the Department of Theology and Philosophy, National University of Malaysia.
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2015-04-29
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MOHOMED, C. A Historiographical Approach to the Qur’an and Shari’a in Late 19th Century India: the Case of Chiragh ‘Ali. História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography, v. 8, n. 17, 29 abr. 2015.
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