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Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought: Al-Ghazalis Theory of Mystical Cognition and Its Avicennian Foundation Alexander Treiger

Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought: Al-Ghazalis Theory of Mystical Cognition and Its Avicennian Foundation

Alexander Treiger

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ISBN : 9780415783071
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182 pages
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It has been customary to see the Muslim theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) as a vehement critic of philosophy, who rejected it in favour of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), a view which has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. This bookMoreIt has been customary to see the Muslim theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) as a vehement critic of philosophy, who rejected it in favour of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), a view which has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. This book argues that in the guise of a critic, al-Ghazali was, instead, one of the greatest popularisers of philosophy in medieval Islam. The author supplies new evidence showing that al-Ghazali was indebted to philosophy in two insufficiently investigated areas, his theory of mystical cognition and his eschatology, and that, moreover, he accepted even those philosophical teachings which he ostensibly criticized. Through careful translation into English and detailed discussion of more than 80 key passages, the author surveys how al-Ghazalis understanding of inspired knowledge, available to mystics, is patterned after the philosophical teachings of Avicenna (d. 1037).