Author: al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid
Brand: Islamic Texts Society
Number Of Pages: 392
Release Date: 01-11-2015
Details: Product Description
This is the first English translation of a key section of al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences, (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din), widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality. Its theme is of universal interest: death, and the life to come. After expounding his Sufi philosophy of death, and showing the importance of the contemplation of human morality to the mystical way of self-purification, al-Ghazali's takes his readers through the stages of the future life: the vision of the Angels of the Grave, the Resurrection, the Intercession of the Prophets, and finally, the torments of Hell, the delights of Paradise, and-for the elect-the beatific vision of God's Countenance. In this new edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali's own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.
...the series as a whole, [
a significant contribution to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought.--Oliver Leaman "BRISMES Bulletin"
I warmly recommend Winter's translation to everyone interested in Islamic eschatology and Islamic thought.
Of considerable value and solace to many who will buy it for reasons both religious and academic.
Winter's rendering combines exactness with fluency and dignity of style. The introduction, notes, appendix, bibliography, index - all make this an exemplary publication, produced to the highest standards.
About the Author
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), theologian, logician, jurist and mystic, was born and died at the town of Tus in Central Asia, but spent much of his life lecturing at Baghdad or leading the life of a wandering dervish. His most celebrated work, of which this is the culminating section, exercised a profound influence on Muslim intellectual history by exploring the mystical significance of the practices and beliefs of Islamic orthodoxy, and earned him the title of hujjat al-Islam, the 'Proof of Islam'.
Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
Languages: English, Arabic