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Originally written as a manual of spiritual instruction, this crucial work of medieval Islamic thought examines Sufi and mystical influences within the Muslim tradition to provide insight into the intellectual and religious history of the Muslim world. Written by one of the most famous theologian-mystics of all time, it is an in-depth discussion of two essential virtues of the religious and spiritual life: patience and thankfulness. Compelling and insightful, this exploration defines these virtues and examines their place in the Islamic worldview, with particular attention paid to their attainment and the influences that divert people from these virtues. This first-ever academic translation includes an introduction to the structure and development of al-Ghazali's thought, as well as a biography, appendix, and index.
About the Authors:
Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of medieval Islam. A theologian, logician, jurist, and mystic, he is known for revealing the compatibility of the outward forms of religion with the inner experiences of the Sufi and mystical traditions.
H. T. Littlejohn is a retired pastor and lecturer who has devoted many years of study to both Christian and Muslim theology. He lives in Seattle.
Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali
Translated with an Introduction & Notes by: H. T. Littlejohn
Publisher: Islamic Texts Society
Paperback: 360 pages