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Al-Ghazali's PATH OF SUFISM : his Deliverance from Error [al-Munqidh min al-Dalal] , bY William C.Chittick

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Paperback - 115 pages

 

This text has long been recognised 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 al-Ghazali's case, the spirituality of the Sufis. -- William A.Graham, Professor of the History of Religion & 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

Imam al-Ghazali (1058-1111) Allah be pleased with him is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the  Classical period of Islam. This 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 civilisation. The Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed 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 (Dr 'Abd'al Hakim Murad) Professor of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University.   


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