Conference #6 – June 6, 2019

Islam and revolution.

In the history of the Muslim world, the revolts have never been understood by doctors of the law, theologians, philosophers, men of letters, other than in terms of “disestablishment of the world”.
This disestablishment of the world to which the revolutionary phenomenon belongs is part of the immense cycle of time with three faces decided by the Creator. This cycle includes the original time of the establishment of the order of the world and beings, deriving from the absolute will of God, then and secondarily, the times of the disestablishment of this order by human evil, starting with the “sin of the tree” which cost man the fall in earthly time and the suffering life, finally and thirdly the times of the restoration of this order, either by the direct effect of the divine will acting supernaturally on events, or by the saving action of man to curb and eradicate the roots of evil. A “revolution” therefore falls within the time segment of the disestablishment of the divine and natural order. It is fitna, disorder and trouble, and figures prominently in collections of hadith, books of heresiography and treatises of law, as the vector of human evil. What destructuring of thought and what linguistic reconfigurations could have made the idea of ​​revolution conceivable in the Muslim world?

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