Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī : philosopher, mystic, and theologian

Abu Hamid al-GhazaliRecently the Arab Crossroads department hosted an exciting talk by our professor of philosophy Kalle Taneli Kukkonen about the ethics of Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (1058–1111), arguably the most famous and influential Muslim philosopher, theologian, jurist, and mystic of all time. The library is equipped with numerous scholarly resources for students interested in researching al-Ghazālī’s life and thought.

You can begin your search with the Encyclopedia of Islam and Oxford Islamic Studies.

Next, you can look into al-Ghazālī’s autobiography Al-munqidh min al-ḍalāl (Deliverance from Error), translated and annotated by Richard Jospeh McCarthy.

Maybe you’d like to explore the controversy that erupted between al-Ghazālī and his contemporary Ibn Rushd, known in the West as Averroës. We have the English-Arabc parallel text of Tahāfut al-falāsifah (the Incoherence of the Philosophers).

Or perhaps you’d like to examine al-Ghazālī’s magnum opus, Iḥyāʿ ʿUlūm al-Dīn (Revival of the Religious Sciences). We have the original Arabic as well as many high-quality translations of several of its chapters published by the Islamic Text Society.

As always, let us know if you need any help!

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