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by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali,R. J. McCarthy SJ,David Burrell CSC,William A. Graham

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ISBN: 1887752307
Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali,R. J. McCarthy SJ,David Burrell CSC,William A. Graham
Language: English
Publisher: Fons Vitae; 2nd edition (January 1, 2000)
Pages: 115
Category: Islam
Subcategory: Religion
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Al-Ghazali maps out for the reader his quest for the truth, how he arrived at. .

Al-Ghazali maps out for the reader his quest for the truth, how he arrived at Sufism and what it provided him with. The narrative begins with Al-Ghazali describing his fame among people, his wide knowledge, and his material comfort. His spiritual side is suffering, however, as he realizes he does not have conviction in what he is teaching. He observes that he is Muslim with his particular theology, only due to his parents and upbringing, not unlike the situation of Jews, Christians or Zoroastrians. The book concludes with Al-Ghazali discarding all other "paths" and arriving at the Sufis. The Sufis claim their is way correct and the way to see the truth is to experience it.

AL-GHAZ L Deliverance from Error 8 32. However, it appeared to these philosophers, because they had studied nature . It was to refute their doctrine on these twenty questions that we composed our book The Incoherence. However, it appeared to these philosophers, because they had studied nature so much, that the equilibrium of the mixture of humors had a great effect on the resulting constitution of the animal’s powers. Hence they thought that man’s rational power was also dependent on the mixture of his humors and that its corruption would follow the corruption of the mixture of his humors, and so that power would cease to exist.

AL-GHAZ L. Deliverance from Error. 6. The thirst for grasping the real meaning of things was indeed my habit and wont from my early years and in the prime of my life.

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Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali

Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali. Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam; his 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.

Al-Munqidh min Al-Dalal, Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali, . One of the most remarkable documents to have come down from classical Islamic civilization, this autobiography of the most influential thinker of medieval Islam (1058-1111) describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralyzed by doubt that he was forced to resign the most distinguished academic appointment. His faith returned after years of wandering and seeking, during which he achieved direct knowledge of God in the form of the illuminative experience of the Sufis.

Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali. This text has long been recognized as not only an Islamic classic, but also as a great spiritual autobiography of one of the world's greatest religious thinkers. It is the narrative of how one dedicated seeker of true knowledge and salvation, having probed various systems of thought and differing paths of learning and enlightenment, discovered the peace of the inner life and discipline of mystical spirituality.

David Burrell CSC. Introduction(s). Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. Al-Ghazzali On Disciplining the Self (Alchemy of Happiness - the Destroyers).

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam. 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.

About the Book: Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism his Deliverance from . Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzal was born in 450 AH (1058 . ).

About the Book: Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism his Deliverance from Error: Al-Munqidh min Al-dalal. He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction. A very famous educational institution in Nishapur.

This text has long been recognized as not only an Islamic classic, but also as a great spiritual autobiography of one of the world's greatest religious thinkers. It is the narrative of how one dedicated seeker of true knowledge and salvation, having probed various systems of thought and differing paths of learning and enlightenment, discovered the peace of the inner life and discipline of mystical spirituality.

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Mr_KiLLaURa
I love Ghazali and find his writing (paired with this particular translation's style) incredibly exciting to read. His insight and systematization of thought and differing opinions is very useful. Much of this book works as a short autobiographical work. As well, as a non-Muslim and someone not qualified as a scholar of Islamic theology (especially not historically), this work introduced me to lots of new and specialized terms important for both orthodox and heterodox Islamic theology (particularly in the Medieval/Scholastic era).

Of course I beg forgiveness if I say anything not worthy of respect in regards to this wonderful man. The only thing missing in the work is a sense that the author never offers a fully workable answer to his own inquiries. Instead, one enjoys seeing his questioning, his experimentation and exploration, and then the fact that he finds sufficient reason for his own answers. His answers, however, are insufficient outside the realm of subjective conviction (not belief, but conviction). Instead of a well worked philosophical answer, he provides his account of an experience of illumination, fully acceptable within mystical thought but not within theological inquiry.

All in all I give the book a 5/5 for many reasons. It is more than worth the read and at the end you will almost certainly want to read and study it more in depth. It is inspiring as well to the mystic who has unresolved questions of religious import. Read it and see for yourself :)!
Dordred
This is an excellent, concise guide that is still highly relevant today. Although coming after Al-Ghazali's other works, it seems like a very good introduction as it places his thoughts in firm relation to other schools of thought of the day. Interestingly, you can directly see the descendants of those schools still arguing over the same issues and suffering from the same complaints he raises.

The only problem I have with this book (and the reason for only 4 stars) is that the original translation seems to have been part of a much larger text, and there are references here to things that are missing. One thing that is wonderful about McCarthy's translation is the very detailed and scholarly notes. They use an abbreviated bibliography where sources are referenced to things like M 74 or JC 63, but the detailed annotated bibliography which explains these mysterious references is not included. There are references to other notes and details which are not included.
Getaianne
Great book, and very enjoyable.

However a word of caution, this edition only contains The Deliverance from Error (al-Munqidh min al-Dalal) ie his short autobiography. It does NOT contain the five key texts. If you want it to include the five key texts, it appears that you have to get the other edition with the same name. Look at the table of contents to verify that it has what you want. The other edition is about 200 pages longer and has those five texts.
Gosar
I hadn't read any Al Ghazali texts until this one. I bought it because I was interested in a man who heavily influenced the Muslim religion. This book did not disappoint.
White gold
Difficult subject to fully understand since it was writen more than one thousand years ago but the essence of the ideas and the messages to be conveyed in this book are still valid for everyone who keens to learn the essential soul of Islam.
Saithi
[The description mentions "and Five Key Texts", however, these were not included in the edition I was shipped. It only contained the matter of the al-Munqidh min al-Dalal. That is why I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5]

Al-Ghazali (or Algazel, as he is known in the West) was an illustrious individual that lived nearly a millennium ago but whose writings are almost always intriguingly timeless. A short review on Amazon cannot do justice to this great man's contributions to world civilization, from his unique unparalleled treatments of the Greek philosophers, to his introduction to the world of key philosophical concepts from the traditional Islamic worldview (occasionalism, for example). Such was his influence that one sees his work mirrored for hundreds of years after by great thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas and Dante (the former even admitting his indebtedness to Al-Ghazali).

A reading of the book at hand, his short spiritual autobiography, makes one realize that even today Al-Ghazali is as relevant as ever and provides thought-provoking discussions of matters that modern man, in his hubris perhaps, believes were only broached after the "rational mindset" was established by the recent "enlightenment".

Al-Ghazali maps out for the reader his quest for the truth, how he arrived at Sufism and what it provided him with. The narrative begins with Al-Ghazali describing his fame among people, his wide knowledge, and his material comfort. His spiritual side is suffering, however, as he realizes he does not have conviction in what he is teaching. He observes that he is Muslim with his particular theology, only due to his parents and upbringing, not unlike the situation of Jews, Christians or Zoroastrians. Why then should he so readily accept this doctrine that seems to be only one of chance, as true? He begins to question and through interesting deductive reasoning concludes in essence that nothing material can be verified as truth (cogito ergo sum?). His own senses cannot be trusted. What is evidence then and what is truth? Arriving at this conclusion makes him intensely sick for months.

He finally recovers from his sickness and decides to find the truth by studying all those who claim to know the truth or claim to know the way to the truth:
1. The Logicians or those trained in Dialectic.
2. The Philosophers, i.e., natural philosophers (with the requisite Greek connection).
3. The Authoritarians, i.e., those that refer to some living absolute authority that would guide to the truth by no other means than themselves.
4. The Sufis.
Al-Ghazali describes how he masters all these "paths" to the truth, at least outwardly, and proceeds to deconstruct them. The resulting discussion is absolutely exhilarating. There is something exciting about reading someone who lived a 1000 years ago refuting, in a more succinct and eloquent way than anyone else today, the "types" of people in the 21st century that claim to have a monopoly on truth/rationality/etc. In due course and with the occasional allegory, he addresses the militant atheist, the fanatic dogmatic theist, the "weak-minded" common man duped by sophistry, etc.

The English subtitle of the book gives the plot away, however. The book concludes with Al-Ghazali discarding all other "paths" and arriving at the Sufis. The Sufis claim their is way correct and the way to see the truth is to experience it. Nothing can describe it and no "logic chopping" can replace it. It is it to see and hear, not to argue and debate. Al-Ghazali, after much deliberation and indecisiveness, decides to accept this option as his only way left of finding the truth, if indeed the truth can be found. He leaves his high post, his family, all his wealth and becomes a traveling ascetic. As a mendicant, he spends years in the Levant, in Damascus, in the Hijaz and finally returns to Baghdad. He speaks briefly of arriving at (some) truth, of his experiences in the "wild" and finally of his decision to return to Baghdad and to to his previous post as a teacher.

As another reviewer mentions, one cannot but admire Al-Ghazali's intellectual courage in questioning everything and arriving at independent judgments and his honesty with himself as well as the reader. But above all the most striking and admirable trait is his sincerity in searching for the truth and his sincerity in conveying his experiences in the hope that someone else might benefit from it. Maybe that is why we are still reading him.

Buy this book and read it, you will not regret it.
Steelcaster
Ordered it for a family member and he was thoroughly impressed with this well written treatise. Great for individuals who are contemplating religion and the very interesting path Imam Ghazali took and his logical deduction to arrive to God.

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