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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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Al-Ghazali’s Pilgrimage

Al-Ghazali’s Pilgrimage

(p.143) Chapter Seventeen Al-Ghazali’s Pilgrimage
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Abū Hāmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazālī, head of the Nizamiyyah College in Baghdad. In 1095 he resigned his teaching posts and set out on a pilgrimage, a quest for religious certainty, during which he vowed never again to serve the political authorities or teach in state-sponsored schools. The year before he published his Tahâfut al-falâsifa—The Incoherence of the Philosophers—in which he analyses a series of philosophical doctrines. The chapter also tells the story of Abd al-Rahman, a member of the Umayyad family who survived the coup that brought the Abbasids to power in ad 750. He escaped to Spain where he succeeded in making himself emir and established his capital in the city of Cordoba.

Keywords:   Abū Hāmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazālī, philosophy, Abd al-Rahman, Cordoba

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