By Alexander Treiger

ISBN-10: 0415783070

ISBN-13: 9780415783071

ISBN-10: 1138789429

ISBN-13: 9781138789425

It has been widely used to determine the Muslim theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) as a vehement critic of philosophy, who rejected it in favour of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), a view which has come below elevated scrutiny lately.


This e-book argues that al-Ghazali used to be, as a substitute, one of many maximum popularisers of philosophy in medieval Islam. the writer offers new facts exhibiting that al-Ghazali was once indebted to philosophy in his concept of mystical cognition and his eschatology, and that, in addition, in those parts he authorised even these philosophical teachings which he ostensibly criticized. via cautious translation into English and designated dialogue of greater than eighty key passages (with many extra surveyed in the course of the book), the writer exhibits how al-Ghazali’s figuring out of "mystical cognition" is patterned after the philosophyof Avicenna (d. 1037). Arguing that regardless of overt feedback, al-Ghazali by no means rejected Avicennian philosophy and that his mysticism itself is grounded in Avicenna’s teachings, the booklet bargains a transparent and systematic presentation of al-Ghazali’s "philosophical mysticism."


Challenging renowned assumptions approximately one of many maximum Muslim theologians of all time, this can be a big reference for students and laymen attracted to Islamic theology and within the kinfolk among philosophy and mysticism.

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