From the arti­cle’s abstract: “In recent decades, the trope that clas­sical Muslim thinkers antic­i­pated or influ­enced modern European thought has pro­vided an easy endorsement of their con­tem­porary rel­e­vance. This article studies how Arab editors and intel­lec­tuals, from 1882 to 1947, under­stood the twelfth-century Andalusian philosopher Ibn Tufayl, and Arabo-Islamic phi­losophy gen­erally. This modern gen­er­ation of Arab scholars also attached sig­nif­i­cance to clas­sical Arabic texts as pre­cursors to modern European thought. They invited readers to ret­ro­spec­tively identify with Ibn Tufayl and his treatise, Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān. Com­par­isons of Ibn Tufayl to European thinkers, and re-presentations of Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān as the precedent or genesis of European thought, facil­i­tated these editors’ global imag­i­naries, anti-colonial projects and political fan­tasies. This article tracks these projects and fan­tasies through the afterlife of Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān from early printings and gen­er­alist surveys to later edi­tions and studies, as Ibn Tufayl’s sig­nif­i­cance became sutured into his imagined impor­tance for Europe, and for going beyond Europe.” (p. 382)