Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought

Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought

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It has been customary to see 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 under increased scrutiny in recent years. This book argues that al-Ghazali was, instead, one of the greatest popularisers of philosophy in medieval Islam. The author supplies new evidence showing that al-Ghazali was indebted to philosophy in his theory of mystical cognition and his eschatology, and that, moreover, in these two areas he accepted even those philosophical teachings which he ostensibly criticized. Through careful translation into English and detailed discussion of more than 80 key passages (with many more surveyed throughout the book), the author shows how al-Ghazalia€™s understanding of qmystical cognitionq is patterned after the philosophyof Avicenna (d. 1037). Arguing that despite overt criticism, al-Ghazali never rejected Avicennian philosophy and that his mysticism itself is grounded in Avicennaa€™s teachings, the book offers a clear and systematic presentation of al-Ghazalia€™s qphilosophical mysticism.q Challenging popular assumptions about one of the greatest Muslim theologians of all time, this is an important reference for scholars and laymen interested in Islamic theology and in the relations between philosophy and mysticism.... Tehran: Iran University Press, 1381sh/2002 Reisman, D.C., The Making ofthe Avicennan Tradition: The Transmission, Contents, and Structures of ... Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology, Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2004 Reynolds, G.S., a€œA Philosophical Odyssey ... 73497 Shehadi, F., al-Ghazdlia#39;s Unique Unknowable God: A Philosophical Critical Analysis ofSome ofthe Problems Raised byanbsp;...

Title:Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought
Author:Alexander Treiger
Publisher:Routledge - 2011-08-24


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