This book investigates the methodological issues raised by the encounter between Islamic thought and contemporary philosophical hermeneutics. It features essays that examine why and how current Muslim thinkers refer to Continental philosophy. The contributors put the universality of the hermeneutic order to the test with three different approaches.
The first looks at exegetical aspects. It addresses contemporary thinkers from the Islamicate world who have engaged critically or not with main representatives or key concepts of philosophical hermeneutics. The second presents an interpretative analysis. The essays here present attempts at using philosophical hermeneutics in order to develop new interpretations of canonical or traditional ensembles of texts such as the Qur'an and the Hadith as well as legal, spiritual, and philosophical corpuses from the Islamicate world. The third looks at different political and critical issues.
The clear and sound reference to religion of Islamic thought makes its entanglement with philosophical hermeneutics a burning challenge for all parties involved. Is it true, as some contend, that philosophical hermeneutics can help interpret Islamic thought anew? This book reveals how the two philosophies are likely to expand each other's horizons and influence each other's conceptual frameworks. It features revised papers from an International Conference.
Sylvain Camilleri is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department of the Catholic University of Louvain. His areas of specialization are continental philosophy of religion and contemporary Islamic thought. He has authored two monographs on Heidegger and several articles on thinkers such as Mohammed Arkoun, Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid and Hassan Hanafi.
Selami Varlik is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department of the Istanbul 29 Mayis University in Turkey. His areas of specialization are phenomenological hermeneutics (Ricoeur, Gadamer) and Islamic philosophy, especially Avicenna. He has authored articles on these topics as well as on contemporary Islamic thought and a monograph on appropriation in Ricoeur.
- Chap. 1. Massimo Campanini (Università di Trento), "Philosophical Commentaries on the Qur'an in the Twentieth Century: from Hermeneutics to Praxis" - Chap. 2. Urs Goeskens (Universität Bern) - "Shifting Concepts of Religion among Muslim Reformist Theologians and Intellectuals in the Light of Hermeneutics (Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid and Abdolkarim Soroush)" - Chap. 3. Carool Kersten (University College London), - "From Methods of Exegesis to Hermeneutics of Alterity: The Writings of Hasan Hanafi and Hamid Dabashi as Examples of Hermeneutical Thinking in Islamicate Contexts"- Chap. 4. Mansooreh Khalilizand (Universität Erlangen), - "Revelation and Prophetic Reading of the World. Shabestari's Hermeneutical approach to the Concept of Revelation"- Chap. 5. Constance Arminjon (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes), - « De la critique des méthodes exégétiques à la doctrine de l'historicité du Coran : Mojtahed Shabestarî et l'acclimation de l'herméneutique en Islam »- Chap. 6. Nader El-Bizri (American University of Beirut), - "Ontologico-Epistemic Directives in the Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Falsafa" - Chap. 7. Selami Varlik (Istanbul 29 Mayis University), - « Phénoménologie christologique vs. philosophie islamique : Ricoeur et le conflit entre inquiétude et certitude »- Chap. 8. Alireza Shomali (Wheaton College), - "The Idea of Political Hermeneutics in Farabi's Philosophy"- Chap. 9. Ali Pharaa (Stony Brook University), - "Ibn 'Arabi's Station of No Station as a Hermeneutics of Beauty"- Chap. 10. Gregory Vandamme (UCLouvain), - « La perplexité (hayra) au cour du langage de la révélation dans l'herméneutique coranique d'Ibn 'Arabî »- Chap. 11. Mohammed Chaouki Zine (Université de Tlemcen), - « Interpréter ou ne pas interpréter : La "docte ignorance" de la question herméneutique chez Ibn 'Arabî »- Chap. 12. Mustafa Ali (The Open University), - "Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Islamicate: Transversals and Reversals"- Chap. 13. Ezra Tzfadya (Universität Erlangen/Universität Bamberg), - "Fazlur Rahman and Leo Strauss on the Hermeneutics of Islamic History"- Chap. 14. Ahmad Bostani (Kharazmi University of Tehran), - "Henry Corbin's Hermeneutical Approach: A Critical Appraisal"- Chap. 15. Iddo Dickmann (UCLouvain/University of Colorado)- "The Hermeneutic Concept of Naskh"- Chap. 16. Sylvain Camilleri (UCLouvain), - "Outline of a 'Radical Hermeneutics' of the Qur'an"