Shāh Walī Allāh of DelhiWritten by Tengku Ahmad Hazri
SHĀH WALĪ ALLĀH OF DELHI (1703–1762), was a reformist scholar and mystic philosopher of the Indian subcontinent. Praised by Muhammad Iqbal as the first Muslim scholar to “rethink the whole system of Islam without completely breaking with the past”, Walī Allāh‟s intellectual project evinces a deep concern to re-enchant every minutiae of life with glitters of the transcendent. His mission to reform the intellectual and socio-political conditions of his time led him to embark upon an ambitious agenda of illuminating the inner meanings of Islam, through a new discipline of ʿilm asrār al-dīn /the „science of the subtle meanings of religion‟. Underlying the versatility and eclecticism of his writings is a coherent vision affirming diversity within Unity in a civilisational context......... [click here to download the full article in pdf]
Tengku Ahmad Hazri is a Research Fellowat IAIS Malaysia.