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Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology

Frank Griffel


Al-Ghazali (d. 1111) is one of the most important theologians, philosophers, and Sufis of Islam. Born around 1056 in northeastern Iran, he became the holder of the most prestigious academic post in Islamic theology in Baghdad, only to renounce that position and teach at small schools in the provinces for no money. His contributions to Islamic scholarship range from responding to the challenges of Aristotelian philosophy to creating a new type of mysticism in Islam, and integrating both these traditions—falsafa and Sufism—into the Sunni mainstream. Using the most authoritative sources, includin ... More

Keywords: Islamic philosophy, Arabic philosophy, Islamic theology, rationality in Islam, Sufism, al-Ghazali, Avicenna, Aristotelianism, cosmology, causality, modal theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331622
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Griffel, author
Yale University
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