Philosophers of the Arabs
Ahmad Amin (1886-1954), one of the leaders of the Islamic enlightenment movement, a famous writer, and a prominent figure in academic studies in literature.
Born 1986, from a conservative family known of its respect of knowledge
He joined the elementary school then studied in
Ahmad Ameen was born after the British occupation by four years, which
was one of the most unstable periods of the Egyptian History. His father
is Al-sheihk Ibrahim Altabbakh. Lately, in his intellectual life, this
family name was left and he was known by his first name, Ahmad Amin,
only. He belongs to a family of farmers who lived in an Egyptian village
He studied in a modern
elementary school for four years before his father transferred him to
study classical Islamic disciplines in Alazhar. In Alazhar he knows the
reformist Alsheikh Muhammad Abduh, for a short time, and gets affected
by his reformist views. He stayed in Alazhar for short
time, afterwards he
worked as a teacher in
[تحرير]Literature and Thought
After finishing his
studies he met with a group of intellectuals who were graduated from
English and French universities with whom he constituted an intellectual
group that aimed to study the different scientific and cultural sides of
the Egyptian society. Hence, committees for politics, education,
literature, etc, were formed. Ahmad Amin was responsible for "the
committee of authorship, translation and publishing", which, due to his
continuous efforts, was the only committee that lasted till the end of
his life. The 'committee', with his participation and supervision
published many very important works in philosophy and literature and
constituted one of the important marks in the cultural life in
Among his numerous works:
· The dawn of Islam.
· The Morning of Islam.
· The of Islam.
· The story of literature in the world.
· The overflow of the ideas.
· My life.
· To my son. [تحرير]