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

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9780415759199: Al-Ghazali and the Qur'an: One Book, Many Meanings

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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Book Description:

'This is undoubtedly a well-researched book which marks a milestone in the thriving study of al-Ghazali and, more importantly, in the study of classical Muslim hermeneutics.' - SHURUQ NAGUIB, University of Lancaster, UK - Journal of Semitic Studies, vol 54, no 2, August 2009

"By surveying the great variety of approaches found in these works, Whittingham demonstrates that al-Ghazali had neither a consistent hermeneutical theory nor a consistent hermeneutical practice. The great virtue of this book is that examining al-Ghazali's thought through the lens of his Qur'anic hermeneutics demonstrates the inconsistencies in his writings over a uniquely broad array of issues in an accessible way." - Ken Garden, Tufts University; Journal of the American Oriental Society, 130.1 (2010)

Contenuti:

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

 

 

 

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