Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī: Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, Muslim politician, political agitator, and journalist whose belief in the potency of a revived Islamic civilization in. Seyyed Jamaluddin Afghani was undoubtedly one of the most influential Muslims of the 20th century. Some consider him to be the principal figure in awakening. One of the most influential Muslims with towering personality and sparkling ideology, Sayyed Jamaluddin Afghani was the harbinger of Muslim.

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Jamal-al-Din Afghani

Safdar al-Afghan — “. He was called a Seyyed because his family claimed descent from the family of the Prophet through Imam Husayn. As a public speaker he had hardly a rival in the east. Al-Afghani went to Paris Al-Afghani was invited by Shah Nasser ad-Din to come to Iran and advise on affairs of government, but fell from favour quite quickly and had to take sanctuary in a shrine near Tehran.

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Although he accepted abiogenesis and the evolution of animals, he rejected the theory that the human species is the product of evolution, arguing that humans have souls. He also published a namesake magazine. His ideas gained rise when Afghnai started to disintegrate in He died in Istanbul.

However, al-Afghani, who knew the British did not have full command of this tangled geography, became suspicious. He met the English author and the political leader Wilfrid Scawen Blunt who became his lifelong friend.

His ceaseless journey around the globe and revolutionary spirit enabled Jamaluddin Afghani to study the socio-political problems of the Muslims and ignite the spirit of Muslim fraternity and unity against the western domination. Even Renan admired his modernist ideas.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jamal-ad-Din al-Afghani. It was essentially a rationalist and apologist movement, which sought to bring about a nahda renaissance of Islamic thought.

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Two portraits of Jama,uddin Life in Paris led al-Afghani to lose faith even further. He also prevented al-Afghani from going to Arabia. He was educated first at home, and before 18 he acquired a command over many religious learning. He took the lead in the foundation of secret political societies. This movement saw the blind following of traditional principles as the problem.

Mysterious scholar between East and West: Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani – Daily Sabah

However, al-Afghani was never able to leave. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. He was employed by Amir Dost Muhammed. Al-Afghani describes freemasonry as, “Eagerness to work, putting one’s own life at stake in the name of honor and standing against oppressors,” and he would say, “Masonry is paramount to establishing a leadership authority and serving its personal aims.

When Shah noticed this, al-Afghani afghank deported from Iran in He named himself the “Philosopher of the East. Arabic Thought in the Liberal Afhani — This difference of opinion forced Sayed Jamaluddin to leave Afhani for Russia to Princeton University Press,pp. He was called to Calcutta by Government of India. Their objective was to acquit him in the eyes of Muslims.


The real “al-Afghani legend” was born after he died.

He usually traveled with his Iranian passport. His talents propelled him to the forefront of the Afghan hierarchy. This is a requirement of the taqiyyah dissimulation or jamalluddin deception toward those who hold faghani beliefs principle of Shiism.

Due to suspicion of Britain and France the government of Egypt ordered him to leave Cairo immediately. History of Civilizations of Central Asia: Center for Islam and Science. Senior police official killed in Takhar bomb explosion. The lives of towering personages and great minds are like prisms through which we can study the past so that we can make some sense of the present.

Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī

A Political Biography Berkeley: Inhe traveled to Egypt and Istanbul where he received a warm welcome from Ottoman officials and intellectuals who were instrumental in the creation of the Tanzimat reforms. Scarecrow Press,p.

These beliefs had a profound effect on Muhammad Abduh, who went on to expand on the notion of using rationality in the human relations aspect of Islam mu’amalat. HistoryOfIslam Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

However, during his stay in Turkey, he remained very popular with many young Turks and intellectuals who came under his influence.