Revival of the Religious Sciences: An Abridgement
Abridged by Salih Ahmad al-Shami
Translated by Mokrane Guezzou
Hardback, Cloth-bound edition
Al-Ghazali sought, through the Revival (Ihya Ulum al-Din), to breathe life into the religious knowledges which, by his age, had become moribund due to peoples’ concern with status, fame, and comfort instead of true spiritual understanding. The forty chapters of the book are organized into four major parts: Acts of Worship, Norms of Daily Life, Qualities Leading to Perdition, and Qualities Leading to Salvation. Through his work, al-Ghazali constructs a framework by which the reader first understands the relationship between God and man, and then learns how to lead an exemplary life in this world in preparation for the journey to the afterlife.
With its lucid prose and accessible style, the present translation — based upon the abridgement of the Syrian scholar Salih Ahmad al-Shami — makes such study eminently accessible to everyone.
‘If people had no concern for any of the works authored by scholars save the Revival, it would suffice them.’ - Imam Taj al-Din al-Subki