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By Frank Griffel

The Muslim philosopher al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was once probably the most influential theologians and philosophers of Islam and has been thought of an expert in either Western and Islamic philosophical traditions. Born in northeastern Iran, he held the main prestigious educational put up in Islamic theology in Baghdad, purely to give up the placement and educate at small colleges within the provinces for no cash. His contributions to Islamic scholarship diversity from responding to the demanding situations of Aristotelian philosophy to making a brand new form of Islamic mysticism and integrating either those traditions-falsafa and Sufism-into the Sunni mainstream.
This e-book deals a finished learn of al-Ghazali's lifestyles and his knowing of cosmology-how God creates issues and occasions on the earth, how human acts relate to God's energy, and the way the universe is based. Frank Griffel provides a major revision of conventional perspectives on al-Ghazali, displaying that his most vital success was once the production of a brand new rationalist theology within which he remodeled the Aristotelian perspectives of thinkers corresponding to Avicenna to accord with highbrow currents that have been well-established inside of Muslim theological discourse. utilizing the main authoritative resources, together with studies from al-Ghazali's scholars, his contemporaries, and his personal letters, Griffel reconstructs each level in a turbulent occupation. The al-Ghazali that emerges bargains many surprises, relatively on his reasons for leaving Baghdad and the character of his "seclusion" afterwards. Griffel demonstrates that al-Ghazali meant to create a brand new cosmology that moved clear of issues held past by way of Muslim theologians and Arab philosophers. This new theology aimed to supply a framework for the pursuit of the ordinary sciences and a foundation for Islamic technological know-how and philosophy to flourish past the twelfth century.

Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology is the main thorough exam up to now of this crucial thinker.

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