As the first complete translation of a classic Arabic text written in the 11th century, this work is an eloquent introduction to mystical love in Islam. Considered one of the most important chapters in al-Ghaz?l?'s magnum opus "The Revival of the Religious Sciences," it consists of arguments that form the basis of Sufi theory and the practice of mystical love. Providing the book's historical and spiritual context, this account also offers insight into the poetry of such greats as Rumi and Hafiz.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d.1111) was the most famous theologian-mystic of Islam. He exercised a profound influence on Muslim intellectual thought in particular through his magnum opus The Revival of the Religious Sciences.
CHAPTER ONE: An Exposition of the Proof-Texts from Revelation Concerning Man's Love for God CHAPTER TWO: An Exposition of the True Nature and Causes of Love, with an Explanation of the Meaning of Human Love for God CHAPTER THREE: An Exposition that God Alone Merits Love CHAPTER FOUR: An Exposition that the Noblest and Loftiest Pleasure is Knowledge of God and Contemplation of His Blessed Face and Only He Who Is Denied this Pleasure can Conceivably Prefer Another To It CHAPTER FIVE: An Exposition of Why the Beatific Vision in the World to Come Surpasses Knowledge in this World CHAPTER SIX: An Exposition of the Factors that Strengthen Love of God CHAPTER SEVEN: An Exposition of Why there are Disparities among People with Respect to Love CHAPTER EIGHT: An Exposition of Why the Human Understanding is Unable to Know God CHAPTER NINE: An Exposition of What Longing for God Means CHAPTER TEN: An Exposition of the Meaning of God's Love for Man CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Distinguishing Marks of Man's Love for God. CHAPTER TWELVE: An Exposition of the Meaning of Intimacy with God CHAPTER THIRTEEN: An Exposition of the Meaning of the Uninhibitedness and Forwardness which Overmastering Intimacy Produces. PROLOGUE: The Meaning of Contentment with God's Decree: Its True Nature and What Tradition Reports of Its Merit. CHAPTER FOURTEEN: An Exposition of the Merit of Contentment CHAPTER FIFTEEN: An Exposition of the Essence of Contentment (and How It Can be Conceived as a Check to Appetite) CHAPTER SIXTEEN: An Exposition that Supplication is not in Conflict with Contentment CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: An Exposition that Fleeing and Censuring a Country Reputed Sinful Is not Contrary to Contentment CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: A Compilation of Anecdotes about Lovers, Together with their Sayings and Innermost Illuminations CHAPTER NINETEEN: Conclusion: Various useful Sayings Regarding Love