Ghazali: The Revival of Islam
ABU HAMID AL-GHAZALI (1058-1111) is universally recognized as the foremost Islamic scholar and mystic of the medieval period. Attracting the patronage of the vizier Nizam al-Mulk early in his career, he was appointed head of the Nizamiyya College at Baghdad and attracted audiences from across the Muslim world who sought his teachings on Islamic philosophy and jurisprudence. Eventually renouncing his position due to a spiritual crisis, he went into self-imposed exile, during which he wrote his masterpiece, Revival of the Sciences of Religion.
In this authoritative and searching profile, Eric Ormsby examines the man and his
work, exploring both his fierce ambition and his insatiable thirst for truth. Placing Ghazali firmly in the context of his age and demonstrating how he united disparate disciplines to create a compelling mystical world overview, this engrossing biography shows why Ghazali still exercises an extraordinary influence over his readers today.