Neil deGrasse Tyson on Ghazali

I received the following email: I have been trying to combat the misinformation disseminated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. One of Tyson's fictions is that Ghazali said math was the work of the devil. In the comments section of one video I provided a Ghazali quote praising math and science: "Sciences whose knowledge is deemed fard kifayah comprise sciences which are indispensable for the welfare of...

Ei farzand (or Ayyuha al-walad).

Alexey Khismatulin. Sochineniya Imama al-Ghazali (The Writings of Imam al-Ghazali). St. Petersburg-Moscow: Peterburgskoe Vostokovedenie; Sadra, 2017. The book deals with the Persian writings of al-Ghazali and has two parts: originals and fabrications. All of them are provided with the Persian originals at the end of the book (except the 2nd part of the Nasihat al-muluk). In the part of...

al-Ma’arif al-Aqiliya (Intellectual Knowledge)

The (Maʻārif al-ʻaqlīyah wa-lubāb al-ḥikmah al-īlāhīyah = Knowledge by intellect and the kernel of divine wisdom) is one of those minor works of Imām al-Ghazālī, C. Brockelmann #54, A. Badwai # 27 and M. Bouyges # 26 B. and M. cite it as authentic work (any work with number 69 or less is authentic with few exceptions). We do have mention of it by early author's most prominently by...

Ghazali website redone!

This is to let you know that as of today al-Ghazali website has been updated to a new mobile device friendly version. As more and more people are accessing the internet through mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) older websites may not display optimally on mobile devices. Do let me know what you think of this new re-design.  It still has a clean clutter free look that focuses on content....

New Thesis – Dissertation by Mohd Rosmizi Abd Rahman

Title: Good deeds in Christianity and Islam : comparing the perspectives of Augustine and al-Ghazālī Author: Abd Rahman, Mohd Rosmizi University: Monash University Year: 2014 Contributor Principal Supervisor: Salih Yucel Abstract: This research examines and compares the attitudes towards good deeds taken by two great thinkers of Latin Christianity and Sunni Islam, namely, Saint Augustine of...

Ghazali’s Legal Thought

Prof. Ebrahim Moosa has written a thoughtful article on Imam Ghazali's legal thought and it can be found here. This is a cause for celebration as this is a field that is hardly treated by those who study Imam Ghazali in the west. So it represents an important milestone in Ghazalian studies. Imam Ghazali's legal theories are well studied in Arabic and especially practical laws (fiqh) in his school...

Minhaj al-Qasidin

Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597/ ) summarized Ghazali's ihya' 'ulum al-din in a book title Minhaj al-qasidin wa mufid al-sadiqin which was then summarized by ibn Qudama al-maqdisi (d. 742/) aptly titled mukhtasr minhaj al-qasidin. For quite sometime Ibn al-Jawzi's book was forgotten until recently. Here are two recently published versions of the book. The first is published by Dar al-tawfiq of Damascus in...

The Philosophy of Islamic Civilization: al-Ghazali’s Perspective

Prof. Mashhad al-Allaf has a new book out on Islamic Civilization and culture in the philosophy of Imam Ghazali in Arabic. This is an important work on the Muslim outlook to civilization and culture with special reference to how Imam Ghazali dealt with those themes. How does one deal with not only Islamic cultural artifacts-Islamic sciences, such as fiqh, kalam, and isul but also imported...

A Timeless Treasure in Free Urdu Audio Book احياء العلؤم الدين‎

Imam Ghazali: Free Urdu Audio Book of “Revival of the Knowledge of the Path to God” احياء العلؤم الدين   مظهرِنورِخدا    رازدارِ مصطفي الغزالي بحرِعلم ؤ آكَهيء بيكران   The entire Urdu translation of Imam Ghazali's (complete name: Hujjatul Islam Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali  – 1055-1111 A.D.) encyclopedia...