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The First Islamic Reviver: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and his Revival of the Religious Sciences

Kenneth Garden

Abstract

Building on recent revisionist scholarship, this book offers a new overview of the last two decades of the life of the seminal 11th-century Islamic thinker Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111). It focuses on his masterpiece, the Revival of the Religious Sciences, and argues that al-Ghazali was the first Muslim thinker to self-consciously marshal the rhetoric of revival to promote his new vision of the Islamic religious sciences. This vision was not a Sufi one, as has often been asserted. Rather, the “Science of the Hereafter” that is the subject of the Revival draws on Islamic law, Sufism, and the p ... More

Keywords: al-Ghazali, Revival of the Religious Sciences, Islamic Revivalsim, Islamic Philosophy, Sufism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199989621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989621.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Garden, author
Tufts University