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Deliverance from Error: Five Key Texts Including His Spiritual Autobiography, al-Munqidh min al-Dalal Paperback – January 1, 2004

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The present volume contains a translation of Ghazali's autobiography, The Deliverance from Error, one of the most remarkable personal documents to have come down to us from classical Islamic civilization. The Imam 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 of his day. 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 (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. As such, his works have become a manifesto for modern Muslims struggling against extremist and hence heterodox readings of the faith.

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Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam, whose 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.

Product details

  • Paperback : 334 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1887752277
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1887752275
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches
  • Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
  • Publisher : Fons Vitae; 2nd Edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 16 ratings