Divine Love in Islamic Mysticism

The Teachings of al-Ghazali and al-Dabbagh

By Binyamin Abrahamov

© 2002 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

The two theories of divine love that are examined in this book have their foundations in Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim ideas. Al-Ghazâlî (twelfth century) was influenced mainly by Plato and Ibn Sina's teachings, while al-Dabbâgh (thirteenth century), who accepted some Ghazâlîan notions, developed a theory of divine love that can be traced back to Neoplatonism. Both scholars created complete theories of divine love that include definitions of love, its causes and signs, the ways to love God, God's love for man, and kinds of love. The book will interest students of theology, philosophy and mysticism in general, and students of Islam in particular.

About the Author

Binyamin Abrahamov received his Ph.d summa cum laude from Tel Aviv University in 1982. Since 1995 he has been Associate Professor of Islamic theology and Qur'anic studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

About the Series

Routledge Sufi Series

The Routledge Sufi Series provides short introductions to a variety of facets of the subject, which are accessible both to the general reader and the student and scholar in the field. Each book will be either a synthesis of existing knowledge or a distinct contribution to, and extension of, knowledge of the particular topic. The two major underlying principles of the Series are sound scholarship and readability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
RELIGION / Mysticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies