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Al Ghazali's Path to Sufism, His Deliverance From Error Al Munqidh Min Al Dalal (Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali)
Author: Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali
Translator: R. J. McCarthy
Publisher: Fons Vitae
Paperback, 115 pages
Preface by David Burrell
Introduction by William A. Graham
The present volume contains a translation of Ghazali's autobiography, The Deliverance from Error, one of the most remarkable personal documents to have come down to us from Islamic civilization. The Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis which left him so paralyzed by doubt that he was forced to resign the most distinguished academic appointment of his day.
His faith returned after years of wandering and seeking during which he achieved direct knowledge of God in the form of the illuminative experience of the Sufis.
-T.J.Winter (Professor of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Divinity Cambridge University)
"This text has long been recognized as not only an Islamic "classic," but also as one of the great "spiritual autobiographies" of the world's greatest religious thinkers. It is also the narrative of how one dedicated "seeker" after true knowledge and salvation, having probed various systems of thought and differing paths of learning and enlightenment, discovered the peace of the inner life and discipline of mystical spirituality--in Ghazali's case, the spirituality of the Sufis."
-William A. Graham (Professor of the History of Religion and Islamic Studies Harvard University)
"This is by far the most scholarly, thoughtful and sympathetic translation of al-Ghazali's classic autobiography."
-William C. Chittick (Professor of Comparative Religious Studies SUNY, Stony Brook)
About the Author:
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam.
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