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The Life of al-Ghazzali


With Especial Reference to His Religious Experiences and Opinions


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In this article, the author attempts to put together a biography of al-Ghazzali, the Muslim theologian, based on numerous sources. The aspects of his work as a lawyer and his influence on the Church of Islam are discussed at length.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-155-1
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 777
Publication Date: Aug 7,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 66
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-155-1
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In this article, the author attempts to put together a biography of al-Ghazzali, the Muslim theologian, based on numerous sources. He helped Muslim theology take its final form. Al-Ghazzali saved the Church of Muhammad from scholastic decrepitude. He was persecuted in his life as a heretic, and is now considered the greatest doctor of the Muslim Church. Al-Ghazzali was a trained theologian and lawyer, which helped him take over mysticism with its intuitionalism and spiritual life into the dry body of theology, and gave the Church of Islam a fresh term of life. It was by his influence that Sufism attained a firm and assured position within the Church of Islam. Al-Ghazzali gave a place in Islam to the emotional religious life. It is the spirituality real and living side of his character and work that constitutes his abiding interest for scholars.

In this article, the author attempts to put together a biography of al-Ghazzali, the Muslim theologian, based on numerous sources. He helped Muslim theology take its final form. Al-Ghazzali saved the Church of Muhammad from scholastic decrepitude. He was persecuted in his life as a heretic, and is now considered the greatest doctor of the Muslim Church. Al-Ghazzali was a trained theologian and lawyer, which helped him take over mysticism with its intuitionalism and spiritual life into the dry body of theology, and gave the Church of Islam a fresh term of life. It was by his influence that Sufism attained a firm and assured position within the Church of Islam. Al-Ghazzali gave a place in Islam to the emotional religious life. It is the spirituality real and living side of his character and work that constitutes his abiding interest for scholars.

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Contributor Biography

Duncan MacDonald

Duncan Black MacDonald (1863-1943) was professor of Semitic languages at Hartford Theological Seminary. His career did much to further the study of Arabic literature in the United States and to promote Christian-Muslim dialogue. A Scot, he studied at the University of Glasgow. His publications include works on Arabic literature and philosophy, Muslim faith, life and culture, as well as various topics concerning the Hebrew Bible.

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