By Imam Al-Ghazali, Translated by Kenneth Honerkamp, Fons Vitae Publishing, Paperback, 336 pages
The Book of Knowledge (Kitab al-ilm) is Book 1 of the Revival of the Religious Sciences series (Ihya ulum al-din) by Imam Al-Ghazali.
Imam Al-Ghazali defines jurisprudence and theology as branches of Islamic knowledge, then outlines those fields that people incorrectly consider to be Islamic disciplines, and distinguishes the praiseworthy from the blameworthy. He describes in detail the perils of disputation and the reasons people engage in debate and dialectics. He also considers the conduct incumbent on the teacher and student, and warns of the perils that can befall those pursuing knowledge. Finally, Imam Al-Ghazali discusses the virtues and categories of the intellect and the prophetic traditions related to it.
About the author:
Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was a leading scholar, jurist, and theologian of the golden age of Islam, and he remains its truest advocate in modern times. As a teacher of both inward and outward faith, he recorded these practical teachings in his forty-book compendium of Islamic knowledge.
Imam Al-Ghazali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", a Proof of Islam, is honoured as a scholar all over the world and is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam.
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