The Revival of Religious Sciences, Volumes 1 and 2


Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali (also known by the Latinized version of his name, Algazel, 1058–1111 AD, 450–505 AH) was born to a modest family in Tus, Khorasan, in present-day Iran. He went on to become one of the most prominent Sunni religious scholars of all time. His main fields of scholarship were jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, and mysticism. Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn (The revival of religious sciences) is arguably Al-Ghazali’s major work. It is divided into four quarters, each of which is further divided into ten books. The first quarter covers the knowledge and duties of Islamic worship, focusing on the five pillars of Islam. The second quarter tackles a wide range of social morality issues such as marriage, the ethics of work, table etiquette, and the like. The third quarter deals with curbing the debilitating sins of human nature, such as desire, anger, and tightfistedness. The final quarter addresses the virtues that must be striven for to achieve salvation, including patience, repentance, and fear of God.

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