What is in a Historical Narrative?
The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah
Haifaa G. Khalafallah [+]
Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies
Haifaa G. Khalafallah founded and presently directs the Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies, SCIMS, a UK based volunteer Muslim educational group. Previously she taught Islamic and Middle East history at Georgetown University, including in its various campuses in Washington DC, Doha, and Alanya.
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.