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Who is Al-Ghazali?

Al-Ghazali: Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, known as Al-Ghazali or Algazel to the Western medieval world, was a Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic of Persian descent.

  • also known as Ghazzālī, Muhammad Al-Ghazzali, Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, Al-Ghazzali, Al Ghazzali, Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, Abū Ḥāmed Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, Algazel
  • born in (958 years ago) in Tous, child of Muhammad al-Ghazali
  • nationality: Seljuk Empire
  • profession: Philosopher, theologian, jurist
  • died on (904 years ago) in Tous
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Google previewPolitics of the Islamic Tradition (2015)

The Thought of Muhammad Al-Ghazali by Mohammed Moussa

Attributed to al-Ghazali is a position of authority in this establishment. It is clearly expressed by the Arabic word alim, translated and denoted as cleric. Contemporary Islam is a religious universe under the diktat of the clerisy. Fundamentalism ...

Google previewFaith and Freedom (1995)

Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World by Mahnaz Afkhami

Like Zin al-Din, al-Ghazali is a believer and is confident that all traditions that function to keep women ignorant and prevent them from functioning in public are the remnants of jahiliya and that following them is contrary to the spirit of Islam.

Google previewStudying Islam (2009)

The Critical Issues by Clinton Bennett

Al-Ghazali is a figure to whom even scholars generally hostile to Islam have warmed, which makes him suspect in the eyes of some. Christian commentators have often depicted Sufi Islam as resulting from a reaction against Islam's legalism ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2008)

by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Al-Ghazali decried the efforts of philosophers such as Al-Farabi and Ibn Sina to accord higher status to philosophy and reason over theology and faith. Al- Ghazali wrote, “True, a belief which results from simple ac- ceptance of authority may not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Economy: L-Z (1999)

by Phillip Anthony O'Hara

for salvation, tantamount to worship and "calling" (al-Ghazali 2: 60, 83). There is no distinction between the sacred and the secular: both spheres are essential for salvation. Socioeconomic progress is to be pursued as divinely ordained, ...

Google previewAn Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies (2007)

by Orlando O. Espín, James B. Nickoloff

AL-GHAZALI (1058-1111 C.E.) Abu Hamid Muhammad al- Ghazali, a Persian Muslim who studied and taught in Baghdad, the intellectual center of Islam at the time, is described by historians as a lawyer, a philosopher, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Literature of Empire (2010)

by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Ghazali, al- (Abu Hamid Mohammad ibn al-Ghazali) (1058–1111) Persian philosopher and theologian The Persian sage Abu Hamid Mohammad ibn al- Ghazali demanded more from Islam than a meaningless obedience to temporal powers ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Islam (2013)

by Ian Richard Netton

Al-Ghazali and the Ash'arite School. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Galston, Miriam (1990) Politics and Excellence: The Political Philosophy of Alfarabi. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid ...

Google previewA Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (2005)

by Anthony C. Thiselton

al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid of the 'history of effects' of successive processes of understanding (German, Wirkungsgeschichte, often translated 'effective history') takes account of historical distance between different times, but also permits a ...

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