Ramadan Talks – Ramadan fasting interpreted by the philosophers: The point of view of Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali in The Revival of Religious Sciences
Wednesday 5 May 2021
5:00 to 5:30 pm (UAE time)
Join the Ramadan talk titled Ramadan fasting interpreted by the philosophers: The point of view of Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali in The Revival of Religious Sciences, by Fouad Nohra, Associate Professor in Political Science, Doctor in political philosophy, University of Paris, visiting professor at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
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If we consider Ramadan fasting from a philosophical point of view, an excellent chapter written around 1095-1097 by the Khurasani Philosopher, Abu Hamid al Ghazali (al Tusi al-Nisaburi), in The Revival of Religious Sciences, combines the exegetic interpretation with the philosophical interpretation of this fourth pillar of Islam. The philosopher refers to the following Hadith: “Patience is half of the faith and fasting is half of the patience”. Therefore, fasting is valid and authentic, only if it gives the opportunity for a behaviour that is respectful of the other human beings. Nevertheless, the philosophy of fasting doesn’t make the case for a doctrine disdaining the material life; instead Al Ghazali finds in the Quran and Hadith the very roots for a realist perception of the reconciliation between the body, the soul and the spirit.
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Fouad Nohra, doctor in political philosophy, Associate Professor in political science, with habilitation to supervise doctorates at Paris University, Experienced researcher in the area of political dynamics and development policies in the Arab world and in Middle East, as well as in Great powers’ foreign policies, Supervisor of master programmes, Invited professor at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi as well as at other universities worldwide.
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