On the Limits of Islamist Heideggerianism: A Critique of Sayyidian Onto-Theology

Ali, Mustafa (2022). On the Limits of Islamist Heideggerianism: A Critique of Sayyidian Onto-Theology. In: Camilleri, Sylvain and Varlik, Selami eds. Philosophical Hermeneutics and Islamic Thought. Contributions to Hermeneutics, 10. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 171–192.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92754-7


Building on earlier work exploring transversals and reversals in the context of engaging the matter of Heidegger and the Islamicate, in this essay I continue my investigation of Islamicate engagement with Heidegger by exploring the work of Muslim decolonial theorist and rhetorician, Salman Sayyid, pointing to various strands of anti-foundationalist and pragmatist interpretation of Heidegger that inform his articulation of a discourse-theoretical, post-“left Heideggerian” position in pursuit of the project of Critical Muslim Studies. Sayyid’s oeuvre is highly apposite vis-à-vis the matter of “philosophical hermeneutics in the Islamicate context” insofar as it unsettles the idea that Islamicate space is coterminous with geography by evincing postmodern/postcolonial and decolonial Islamicate engagement with the Heideggerian corpus located within Europe, thereby disrupting the tendency to trans-historically conceive the Islamicate as necessarily situated beyond European/“Western” borders.

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