Philosophical debates, many of them involving the appropriation of modern Western philosophical doctrines, are a crucial element shaping the intellectual and practical behaviour of many thinkers in the Islamicate world and their audiences. One Western philosopher currently receiving a particularly lively reception throughout the Islamicate world is Martin Heidegger. This book explores various aspects of the reception of Heidegger’s thought in the Arabic, Iranian, Turkish, and South Asian intellectual context. Expert Heidegger scholars from across the Islamicate world introduce and discuss approaches to Heidegger’s philosophy that operationalize, recontextualize, or review it critically in the light of Islamic and Islamicate traditions. In doing so, this book imparts knowledge of the history and present situation of Heidegger's reception in the Islamicate world and suggests new pathways for the future of Heidegger Studies – pathways that associate Heidegger’s thought with the challenges presently faced by the Islamicate world.
Preface: Fred Dallmayr
Introduction: Urs Gösken, Josh Hayes, Kata Moser
Part I: Lines of Reception in the Islamicate World
1. Zeynep Direk: The Receptions of Heidegger in Turkey
2. Amir Nasri: Heidegger’s Role in the Formation of Art Theory in Contemporary Iran
3. Nader El-Bizri: Levantine Pathways in the Reception of Heidegger
4. Sylvain Camilleri: The Eccentric Reception of Heidegger in Hanafi’s “French Trilogy”
Part II: Heidegger and Islamicate Authenticity
5. Sevinç Yasargil: Anxiety, Nothingness and Time: Abdurrahman Badawi’s Existentialist Interpretation of Islamic Mysticism
6. Monir Birouk: Taha Abderrahmane: Applying Heidegger as a Heuristic for Conceptual Authenticity
7. Mansooreh Khalilizand: On Nihilism and the Nihilistic Essence of European Metaphysics. Martin Heidegger and Daryush Shayegan
Part III: Heidegger and Islamicate Modes of Expression
8. Saliha Shah: The Question Concerning Poetry in Iqbal and Heidegger
9. Ahmad Ali Heydari: Heidegger, Hölderlin—Fardid, Hafez
10. Khalid El Aref: Hospitality and Dialogue: On Fethi Meskini’s Translation and Appropriation of Heidegger
Part IV: Heidegger and the Revival of Islamicate Philosophy
11. Ismail El Mossadeq: Against Heidegger-Orthodoxy in the Arab World
12. Seyed Majid Kamali: Heidegger’s Aristotle: A Hermeneutic Retrieval of Islamic Philosophy in Iran
Part V: Challenging the Islamicate
13. Syed Mustafa Ali: Heidegger and the Islamicate: Transversals and Reversals
Appendix: Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Translations of Heidegger’s Works (Urs Gösken, Kata Moser, Erdal Yıldız)
About the Contributors
Heidegger is a radical Abrahamic thinker who spoke a Greek language. When the Muslims lost their own thinking apparatus, they did not find better than Heidegger’s secularized Christian concepts to learn about their new self-experience. Heidegger in the Islamicate World is a high-quality conceptual and spiritual experimentation workshop for the encounter between Abraham's descendants but in a post-secular horizon where colonialism can become a metaphysical parody.
While much has been written about Heidegger and the East, historians of philosophy have passed over in silence appreciations and interpretations of Heideggerian thought in the Islamicate world. By highlighting the link between Islamic thinkers and the work of Heidegger, this edited volume underscores, for the first time, the importance of examining the legacy of a hermeneutic adventure in the twentieth century for a more complete and critical understanding of the history of modern and contemporary Islamic thought
This is an much needed collection. Heidegger’s reception in Islamicate circles broadens the range of examples by which we understand philosophical engagements. This is a rare book, that prepares a path to a truly global philosophy in anticipation of a post-Western future.
In this pioneering volume, the reader is expertly navigated through the astonishingly multifaceted readings of Heidegger in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu. Heideggerian concepts serve Islamic authenticity discourses as well as inspiring critical and innovative reflections on being, transendence, language and art.
Kata Moser is Assistant Professor of Oriental and Islamic Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum.
Urs Gösken is Lecturer of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Zurich.
Josh Hayes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University.