Last year, the author of the now famous Ulama in Contemporary Islam: Custodians of Change, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, published a biography of the great savant and saint Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali al-Thanawi (may Allah shower him with His mercy). The book is part of The Makers of the Muslim World Series.
I recently obtained a pdf version of the book and have only begun to read it. In sha Allah, if I ever get ahold of hard copy version of the book, I hope to read it thoroughly and write a review.
Ashraf `Ali Thanawi (1863-1943) was one of the most prominent religious scholars in Islamic history. Author of over a thousand books on different aspects of Islam, his work sought to defend the Islamic scholarly tradition and to articulate its authority in an age of momentous religious and political change. In this authoritative biography, Muhammad Qasim Zaman offers a comprehensive and highly accessible account of Thanawi’s multifaceted career and thought, whilst also providing a valuable introduction to Islam in modern South Asia.