The Confessions of al-Ghazali

Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī (1058 - 1111)
Translated by Claud Field (1863 - 1941)

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali was born in 1058 AD in the city of Tus in modern day Iran. He was a reputed scholar, philosopher and Shafi'i jurist who was a professor of theology at the Nizamiyya College of Baghdad. At the peak of his fame, he was gripped by an internal schism between his beliefs and his inner self. He gave up his position lead a life of seclusion and personal mystical transformation. During this time of solitude and contemplation he authored a number of seminal works reconciling the outward practices of Islam with a deep inner spirituality. The Confessions of al-Ghazali (Munkidh min al-Dalal, literally Deliverance from Error), is an intellectual autobiography on al-Ghazali's transformation. In this work he catalogs the various sects and schools of thought he encountered on his search for the divine truth. - Summary by Zishan Sheikh

Genre(s): Other religions

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Iqra
Play 01 Gazzali's Search for Truth Iqra
Play 02 The Subterfuges of the Sophists Iqra
Play 03 The Different Kinds of Seekers after Truth TomDavisBeal
Play 04 The Aim of Scholastic Theology and its Results TomDavisBeal
Play 05 Concerning the Philosophical Sects and the Stigma of Infidelity Which Attaches to Them All TomDavisBeal
Play 06 Divisions of the Philosophic Sciences TomDavisBeal
Play 07 Sufism TomDavisBeal
Play 08 The Reality of Inspiration : its Importance for the Human Race TomDavisBeal