Sayyid Muhammad ibn Safdar Husayni, known as Sayyid Jamal-al-din Afghani or Sayyid Jamal –al-din Asadabadi was born in in Iran. Other primary documentation is found in N. R. Keddie, Sayyid Jamal ad-Din “al- Afghani”: A Political Biography, Berkeley, ) Life. Jamāl-al-dīn was born in. Sayyid Jamal al-Din Asadabadi () became renowned as “al-Afghani.” Born into a Turkic-speaking Shi`ite family in a small Azeri town near Hamadan.

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Ironically, he candidly condemned his leadership instead of favoring his policies. Was he a great reformist who aimed to revive the Muslim world, or a mad man who thought he was the Mahdi, or a spy?

The CH should be pronounced like Loch, a jammaluddin assertive consonant than ‘het.

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Al-Afghani had great faith in the capacity of humanity to innovate based on increased knowledge, and insisted that there are no areas that are immune to human inquiry. He was one of the first to reintroduce the teaching of Muslim philosophy in Egypt, and texts he owned on the subject often carry his annotations dating from his period of teaching them in Cairo.

According to some, Jamal Al Din Al Afghani was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, but most agree that he was born in Asadabad, an Iranian village near Hamadabad in orinto a learned family.

Thus a modernist movement emerged in the Islamic world against the conservatives who attributed the problems of Muslims to backsliding jamxluddin Islam. His illness is well attested and there is no good jamalyddin for the story that the sultan jamaluvdin him. Although for much of his life he claimed to be of Afghan origin, probably in order to present himself as a Sunni Muslim and to escape oppression by the Iranian government, overwhelming documentation now proves that he was born and spent his childhood in Iran.

In the late s he was in Jqmaluddin until he was expelled and returned to India. He was called to Calcutta by Government of India.

Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: TAGS asadabadi ideologist Keddie political activist. He was of the opinion that the Sunni-Shiite discrimination harmed the Muslim world and he would harshly criticize Caliph Muawiyah for establishing the Sunni sovereignty.


He would say that the caliphs should be from the Quraysh tribe, hence, claiming that the Ottoman caliphate was illegitimate. Likewise in the Refutation of Materialism, there afbhani little that could be called “Islamic” jamaludrin, but rather there is general spiritual advocacy. The only hint of a woman in his life comes from the European period. This was his former servant Mirza Reza. The incensed Iranians protested, and Ruhi, Kermani and another gentleman were exiled to Trebizond.

Ironically, his quest for rationalism and enthusiasm for philosophy and progress were suppressed by some of his most successful and best known intellectual “offspring” jqmaluddin as Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid, Qutbwho converted Afghani’s doctrines into a call for a fundamentalist Islamic revolution and return to a primitive sort of religious despotism Ami Isseroff Brief Bibliography Keddie, N.

Crine before,his remains was brought to his dearly loved native soil. They deny prophetic miracles. In order to get rid of the sophisticated air created by Hassan Fehmi and his supporters he left Istanbul.

A, latedue to the request of the Afghan government, his remains were taken to Afghanistan and laid in Kabul inside the Kabul University ; a mausoleum was erected for him there. His evolved ideology focused on: It is clear that al-Afghani did not spend much time on scholarship. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ironically, his quest for rationalism and enthusiasm for philosophy and progress were suppressed by some of his jamaluxdin successful and best known intellectual “offspring” such as Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid, Qutbwho converted Afghani’s doctrines into a call for a fundamentalist Islamic revolution and return to a primitive sort of religious despotism.

Besides, it was his active political life that distinguished him rather than his knowledge. His however, rebelled and ousted him in Afghani was forgotten in Afghanistan until long after his death. In Afghanistan, according to government of India sources, he claimed to be from Istanbul, and it was noted that he spoke fluent Persian and appeared to be a stranger to Afghanistan.

Because he had set out to revive the Islam [that was practiced] during the time of the prophet. Al Afghani notes that religion has the practical values of tying together the community and keeping men from evil. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.


Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī

Intellectuals in the Modern Islamic World: Al-Afghani’s fans generally look at his pieces published in the al-Urwah al-Wuthqa magazine he published in Paris, but disregard the letter he wrote to French philosopher Renan which is filled with clear evidences of apostasy. He reached Persia with Shah in Al-Afghani describes freemasonry as, “Eagerness to work, putting one’s own life at stake in the name of honor and standing against oppressors,” and he would say, “Masonry is paramount to establishing a leadership authority and serving its personal aims.

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He was invited by Abdulhamid II in Nonetheless, his writings and example had an immediate modernist influence, particularly on Egyptian and Iranian nationalists. India – Al-Afghani presently made his home in Hyderabad India. The university was shut down and al-Afghani, accused of being a heretic, was deported Al Afghani’s movements after leaving India are not known until aboutbut he may have been to Mecca and perhaps as far as Istanbul.

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He would say that the Turkish people accepted Islam based simply on a feeling of servitude, but they were very far from understanding the meaning of the Quran. Need to combat the influence of the West and particularly Britain.

After deportation he came to Istanbul. His ideas were apparently based on the old but still surviving tradition of Islamic rationalism evident in the philosophy of Averroes, Avicenna and Ibn Khaldoun.

Among the reasons why Al-Afghani was thought to have had a less than deep religious faith [42] was his lack of interest in finding theologically common ground between Shia and Sunni despite the fact that he was very interested in political unity between the two groups. Thus Egypt was invaded. Towards the contemporary period: Pragmatism was al-Afghani’s lifestyle.

After losing hope, he tried his hand at being mahdi.