What is in a Historical Narrative?
Haifaa G. Khalafallah [+]
Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies
When Ghazali linked the core Shari’a method of rule/lawmaking to understanding the past, including historical struggle of peoples in the West for their rights, this voice of mainstream Islam furnished Arabic-speaking Muslims with a new roadmap for peaceful revolutions which, he told them, sustained, not demolished Islam. The epilogue assesses the role that Mohammad al-Ghazali’s rationale for radical change may have played in bringing about the Arab-Spring uprisings in Egypt years after he died.