By Ebrahim Moosa
In lots of methods, this e-book is a dialogical come upon with probably the main influential highbrow within the Muslim culture: Abu Hamid al-Ghazaly. it's a discussion with many voices, one who fosters movement, discovery, playfulness, and invention.
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In the triumph of the spirit, Ghazālī stands out as a beacon of hope in times of anguish: he led with imagination in order to overcome ignorance; he preferred originality to imitation and favored renewal over complacency. With will, determination, discipline, and self-criticism, Ghazālī overcame both his personal struggles about the meaning of life and the weight of history that surrounded him. Surely, perfection is not what we seek from any exemplary ﬁgure, least of all from Ghazālī. However, what we do seek in our heroes and models is a depth of humanity, vision, and compassion in which we can ﬁnd echoes of our own hopes and aspirations, our own various communities and societies.
Your Lord inspired [awḥā] the bee,’’ a delightful parable in the Qur ān begins. It describes the labor of one of nature’s most productive bricoleurs—the bee. Addressing the bee, the passage continues: ‘‘Prepare for thyself dwellings in mountains and in trees, and in what [humans] may build [for you by way of hives].
47 In many respects, Watt together with Laoust and, to a lesser extent, Wensinck made the ﬁrst eﬀorts to place Ghazālian scholarship within the realm of intellectual history and the sociology of religion. Extensive and highly diﬀerentiated contributions have been made to Ghazālian studies in a number of non-European languages ranging from Arabic, Persian, and Turkish to Urdu, Malay, and Hausa, to mention but a few. 49 Zakī Mubārak’s Ethics according to al-Ghazālī (Al-akhlāq inda al-Ghazālī ) is a somewhat polemical and provocative work that had a very controversial re- In t r o d uc t i o n ception in Egypt.
Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) by Ebrahim Moosa