Al-Ghazali and the Qur'an: One Book, Many Meanings

Al-Ghazali and the Qur'an: One Book, Many Meanings

By: Martin Whittingham (author)Paperback

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This book is the first of its kind to focus entirely on the Qur'anic interpretation of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), a towering figure of Sunni Islam. Martin Whittingham explores both al-Ghazali's hermeneutical methods and his interpretations of particular Quranic texts, and covers al-Ghazali's mystical, legal and theological concerns. Divided into two parts: * part one examines al-Ghazali's legal and Sufi theoretical discussions * part two asks how these theories relate to his practice, analysing the only three of al-Ghazali's works which are centrally concerned with interpreting particular Qur'anic passages: Jawahir al-Qur'an (The Jewels of the Qur'an); Al-Qist as al-mustaqim (The Correct Balance); and Mishkat al-anwar (The Niche for Lights). Providing a new point of access to the works of al-Ghazali, this book will be welcomed by scholars and students of Islamic studies, religious studies, hermeneutics, and anyone interested in how Muslims understand the Qur'an.

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Part 1: Al-Ghazali's Hermeneutical Theories 1. 'The Activities of This World' (I): Fays Al Al-Tafriqa Bayna'l-Islam Wa'l-Zandaqa 2. 'The Activities of This World' (Ii): Al Mustas Fa Min 'Ilm Ul 3. 'The Activities of the Hereafter': Four Texts Showing Sufi Influence Part 2: Al-Ghazali's Hermeneutical Practice 4. 'Sailing to the Midst of the Fathomless Ocean': Jawahir Al-Qur'an 5. 'Syllogisms as the Steps to Heaven': Al-Qist Al-Mustaqim 6. 'The Coherence of the Philosopher': Mishkat Al-Anwar

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780415663946
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780415663946
  • weight: 249
  • ISBN10: 0415663946

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