Author: Shah Wali Allah (Waliullah); Marcia K. Hermansen (translator)
Publisher: Islamic Research Institute, Brill Publishers (2003) 2009 reprint
Pages: 506 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The Conclusive Argument of God is the master work of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi (1762), considered to be the most important Muslim thinker of pre-modern South Asia. This work, originally written in Arabic, represents a synthesis of the Islamic intellectual disciplines authoritative in the 18th century. In order to argue for the rational, ethical, and spiritual basis for the implementation of the hadith injunctions of the Prophet Muhammad, Shah Wali Allah develops a cohesive schema of the metaphysical, psychological, and social knowledge of his time. This work provides an extensive and detailed picture of Muslim theology and interpretive strategies on the eve of the modern period and is still evoked by numerous contemporary Islamic movements.
'With this translation, one of the most important texts for the study of Islamic intellectual life in the 18th century Indian subcontinent is made available in a carefully prepared and well annotated translation.'
Sabine Schmidtke, MESA Bulletin, 1997.
'Professor Marcia Hermansen has presented both an illuminating contribution to eighteenth-century Indo Muslim sufi studies and a thoroughgoing analysis of a major figure from the period. Given the stiltedly idiosyncratic, complexly recondite nature of Shah Wali Allah's Arabic prose style, the translator succeeded remarkably well in rendering the next into easily readable English.' -
Leonard Lewisohn, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 2000.
Marcia K. Hermansen, Ph.D. (1982) in Islamic Studies, University of Chicago, is Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has published numerous articles on classical Islamic thought, mysticism, Islam in South Asia, Muslims in North America, and other topics.
Those interested in Islamic thought, mysticism, and contemporary Islamic movements.