On 17 February Ammeke Kateman MA, PhD Candidate at the University of Amsterdam, will give a guest lecture on her research on Muhammad 'Abduh, titled: ‘Intellectual history instead of ideology. On the understanding of Muhammad ‘Abduh’s ideas.’ This is the fourth lecture in the series 'Whither Islamic Studies: Reflections on Theory and Method.'
This lecture will discuss how methodologies developed within the field of the history of European (political) thought can be fruitfully employed in the understanding of the ideas of the Egyptian Islamic reformer Muḥammad ‘Abduh (1849-1905). The history of how ‘Abduh has been interpreted has been coloured deeply by implicit assumptions and anticipations as well as ideological strategies of both scholars and reformists in the twentieth century.
Situating texts within the historical discussions of which they were part may contribute to a less ideological, less normative, and more historical understanding of ‘Abduh’s ideas, and possibly of those of other modern Islamic thinkers. For ‘Abduh, this approach shows empirically how his ideas resonate with a variety of entangled contemporary arguments, global and local, while this method will, at the same time, gain understanding in the particularity of ‘Abduh’s contribution and its meaning.
Lecture series 'Whither Islamic Studies'
The goal of these series is to stimulate reflection on the future of Islamic Studies. Several guest speakers will give their vision on the application of (new) theory and method within their subfield of study (e.g. Qur'anic Studies, tafsir, hadith, kalam etc.), or on the application of theories and methods from religious studies and anthropology to text-based Islamic Studies.