Authors: Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, Ghazzali, Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Richard Joseph McCarthy
ISBN-13: 9781887752275, ISBN-10: 1887752277
Publisher: Fons Vitae of Kentucky, Incorporated
Date Published: January 2004
Edition: Second edition
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam, whose writings have been regarded as the greatest in spirituality and have been, for centuries, the most read work after the Qur'an in the Muslim world.
This spiritual autobiography describes Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's intellectual crisis, which led him to achieve direct knowledge of God. Among his most outstanding contributions to Muslim intellectual life were masterly defenses of Islamic orthodoxy, mysticism, and law, against the attacks of those who advocated purely legalistic, or entirely esoteric, readings of the religion. He hence articulated the Islam of the middle way, in balance between the extremes of the letter and the spirit. Also included in this volume are extensive translations from key works of al-Ghazali.