This book examines the philosophy of al-Ghazali, analysing his conception of God within Islamic theology. Seeking to contribute to the greater understanding of Muslim thought, it analyses his ‘orthodox’ theory, based on the notion that the spiritual struggle (jihad) and philosophical enquiry are informed by the possession of firm science (‘ilm).
Exploring a wide range of Arab texts and Arab primary literature, this book therefore examines a crucial period of Medieval Islamic history, whilst emphasizing the multifarious and by no means monolithic components of the Muslim outlook. In seeking to understand Islamic religion as a creative and progressive heritage, it also demonstrates the moderate and equilibrate character of mainstream Islam, and ultimately argues that al-Ghazali’s thought is the best expression of Islamic intellectuality and spirituality.
Taking a theoretical approach, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Islamic philosophy, theology and history.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Al-Ghazali and His Time: His Thought in Context 2. Science and Action 3. Al-Ghazali’s Theology and Metaphysics 4. Islamic 'Ghazalian' Islamic Theology and Christian Theology
Massimo Campanini is Professor of Islamic Studies, having taught at the universities of Urbino, Naples and Trento. His recent publications include The Qur’an: Modern Muslim Interpretations (Routledge, 2011) and Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur’anic Exegesis (2016).
"This is an excellent introduction to and overview of Al-Ghazali’s thought and works, taking into account the latest trends and scholarship on this medieval theologian, who remains a central figure in contemporary Islamic theology." – Catarina Belo, The American University in Cairo, Studi Magrebini 18.1 (2020)