Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple

Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple : Ayyuha'l-Walad

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'Work for your terrestrial life in proportion to your location in it, and work for your afterlife in proportion to your eternity in it.' This is part of the advice that the great theologian and mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 AD) put down in his 'Letter to a Disciple'. An old disciple of Ghazali had studied the Islamic sciences, including the many works of his master, for most of his life. Faced with the proximity of death, he turns again to his master this time asking for a summary of all his teachings. 'Letter to a Disciple' is Ghazali's response. The emphasis in this short treatise is on religious and spiritual action and on putting into practice the knowledge that one has acquired. 'Letter to a Disciple' can be considered as the last testament of he who is regarded as 'Hujjat al-Islam', the 'Proof of Islam'. This new translation is presented here as a bilingual, English-Arabic, edition.

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • 01 Aug 2005
  • The Islamic Texts Society
  • Cambridge
  • English, Arabic
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 0946621632
  • 9780946621637
  • 102,394

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Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali was a theologian, logician, jurist, and mystic whose success in revealing the compatibility of Islam with the Sufi/mystical tradition has led him to be regarded as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam. Tobias Mayer, PhD, is a professor at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

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"The series as a whole is a significant contribution to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought." --Oliver Leaman, professor of philosophy, University of Kentucky.

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