Al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111) is one of the most influential thinkers of Islam. There is hardly a genre of Islamic literature where he is not regarded as a major authority. Islamic Law, Sufism, ethics, philosophy, and theology are all deeply shaped by him. Yet in the past thirty years, the field of Ghazālī-studies has been shaken by the realization that Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā, d. 428/1037) and other philosophers had a strong influence on him. Now, after the 900th anniversary at his death, the field emerges stronger than ever. This second volume of Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazālī brings together twelve leading experts on al-Ghazālī who write about his thought and the impact it had on later Muslim thinkers.
Contributors are: Anna Ayşe Akasoy, Ahmed El Shamsy, Kenneth Garden, Frank Griffel, Jules Janssens, Damien Janos, Taneli Kukkonen, Stephen Ogden, M. Sait Özervarlı, Martin Riexinger, Ulrich Rudolph, and Ayman Shihadeh.
Frank Griffel, PhD (1999), Freie Universität Berlin, is Professor of Islamic Studies at Yale University, New Haven, USA. He has published monographs, translations and many articles on Islamic thought, Islamic theology, and Arabic and Islamic philosophy, including Al-Ghazālī’s Philosophical Theology (New York 2009).
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Keys and Conventions
Al-Ghazālī’s Works and His Thought
1 Al-Ghazālī on Error
2 Al-Ghazālī’s Concept of Philosophy
3 Problems in al-Ghazālī’s Perfect World: Objections and Counter-Objections to His Best
Possible World Thesis
4 Al-Ghazālī’s Teleology and the Galenic Tradition
Reading The Wisdom in God’s Creations (al-Ḥikma fī makhlūqāt Allah)
Ahmed El Shamsy
5 Al-Ghazālī and Kalām: The Conundrum of His Body-Soul Dualism
6 Al-Ghazali's Veils Section: Comparative Religion before Religionswissenschaft?
Anna Ayṣe Akasoy
7 Is There An Autograph of al-Ghazālī in MS Yale, Landberg 318?