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The First Islamic ReviverAbu Hamid al-Ghazali and his Revival of the Religious Sciences$
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Kenneth Garden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989621.001.0001

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The Rhetoric of Revival: Authorizing Strategies and the Presentation of the Science of the Hereafter

The Rhetoric of Revival: Authorizing Strategies and the Presentation of the Science of the Hereafter

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(p.104) 4 The Rhetoric of Revival: Authorizing Strategies and the Presentation of the Science of the Hereafter
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The First Islamic Reviver
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Kenneth Garden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989621.003.0005

It is one thing to forge a new vision of a religious tradition. It is another to win authority for it. Al-Ghazali understood this and crafted his Revival of the Religious Sciences not only to expound his Science of the Hereafter, but to win a following for it. The Revival of the book’s title was the primary strategy al-Ghazali employed to this end, claiming that his agenda was to not to promote a vision of the Islamic religious tradition of his own devising, but rather to restore that tradition to its pristine origins. He bolstered his revivalist rhetoric with several other authorizing strategies.

Keywords:   Al-Ghazali, Revival of the Religious Sciences, Islamic Revivalism, rhetoric

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