Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology by Frank GriffelAl-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology by Frank Griffel

Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology

byFrank Griffel

Paperback | November 16, 2010

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The Muslim thinker al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was one of the most influential theologians and philosophers of Islam and has been considered an authority in both Western and Islamic philosophical traditions. Born in northeastern Iran, he held the most prestigious academic post in Islamic theology inBaghdad, only to renounce the position and teach at small schools in the provinces for no money. His contributions to Islamic scholarship range from responding to the challenges of Aristotelian philosophy to creating a new type of Islamic mysticism and integrating both these traditions - falsafa andSufism - into the Sunni mainstream.This book offers a comprehensive study of al-Ghazali's life and his understanding of cosmology - how God creates things and events in the world, how human acts relate to God's power, and how the universe is structured. Frank Griffel presents a serious revision of traditional views on al-Ghazali,showing that his most important achievement was the creation of a new rationalist theology in which he transformed the Aristotelian views of thinkers such as Avicenna to accord with intellectual currents that were well-established within Muslim theological discourse. Using the most authoritativesources, including reports from al-Ghazali's students, his contemporaries, and his own letters, Griffel reconstructs every stage in a turbulent career. The al-Ghazali that emerges offers many surprises, particularly on his motives for leaving Baghdad and the nature of his "seclusion" afterwards.Griffel demonstrates that al-Ghazali intended to create a new cosmology that moved away from concerns held earlier by Muslim theologians and Arab philosophers. This new theology aimed to provide a framework for the pursuit of the natural sciences and a basis for Islamic science and philosophy toflourish beyond the 12th century.Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology is the most thorough examination to date of this important thinker.
Frank Griffel is Professor of Islamic Studies at Yale University and has published widely in the fields of Islamic theology, Arab and Islamic philosophy, Islamic law, and Muslim intellectual history.
Title:Al-Ghazali's Philosophical TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:November 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019977370X

ISBN - 13:9780199773701


Table of Contents

TimetableIntroduction1. A Life Between Public and Private Instruction: Al-Ghazali's Biography The Main Sources for Ghazali's Biography2. Al-Ghazali's Most Influential Students and Followers3. Al-Ghazali On the Role of falsafa in Islam4. The Reconciliation of Reason and Revelation Through the ''Rule of Interpretation''5. Cosmology in Early Islam-Developments that Led to al-Ghazali's Incoherence of the Philosophers6. The Seventeenth Discussion of the Incoherence of the Philosophers7. Knowledge of Causal Connections is Necessary8. Causes and Effects in the Revival of the Religious Sciences9. Cosmology in Works Written After the RevivalConclusionNotesBibliographyGeneral IndexIndex of Works by al-GhazaliIndex of ManuscriptsIndex of Verses in the Qur'an

Editorial Reviews

''...the author has been able to correct certain misconceptions about Al-Ghazali which have long been held by some Western scholars'' --Nicholas Heer, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle