Activities of GRM


Nihilism and Islam

Seminar & Lectures


Date: July 9, 2013 (Tue)
Venue: IMADEGAWA(Karasuma Campus) Shikokan SK118
Theme: "Nihilism and Islam"
Lecturer: Professor Mustapha Kamal Pasha (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen / Visiting Professor, Doshisha University(2013. 7. 1~7.31))
Chair: Professor Yoichi Mine (Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University)

The advent of modernity subverts spatial and cultural containers in favour of porosity, cross-contamination and impurity that typica11y attend immanence. This essay explores the assumed otherness of Islam in its encounters with the immanent spectre of nihilism. Drawn from transcendence, however, Islam's 'spiritual' variants of nihilism are largely discounted in popular accounts, but also severely tested under conditions of globalizing modernity and its unchartered pathologies. A crucial distinction needs to be made between the nihilism of transcendence and the nihilism of immanence. The former sacrifices Being in favour of union with God; the latter is principally a modernist register on which neither union with God nor Being is sustainable. This distinction allows a better understanding of the phenomenon of' ‘Islamic' nihilism. (From the Lecture Abstract)