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al-Afghani, Jamal al-Din (1838–97)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-H048-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Al-Afghani is often described as one of the most prominent Islamic political leaders and philosophers of the nineteenth century. He was concerned with the subjection of the Muslim world by Western colonial powers, and he made the liberation, independence and unity of the Islamic world one of the major aims of his life. He provided a theoretical explanation for the relative decline of the Islamic world, and a philosophical theory of history which sought to establish a form of modernism appropriate to Islam.

Citing this article:
Omran, Elsayed M. H. and Oliver Leaman. al-Afghani, Jamal al-Din (1838–97), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-H048-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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