Al-Ghazali: Kitab al-'ilm The Book of Knowledge Book 1

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  • Author: Al-Ghazali
  • ISBN: 9781941610152

Translated from Arabic with Notes by Kenneth Honerkamp,
Foreword by Hamza Yusuf Hanson,
Published by Fons Vitae.

The Book of Knowledge (Kitab al-'ilm) is the foundation of the forty books of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'ulum al-din), Imam al-Ghazali’s magnum opus. In the Book of Knowledge, he defines knowledge, its relation to faith, theology, and jurisprudence. The book deals with the virtue of knowledge from both rational and traditional points of view. It elucidates the types of knowledge and the nature of people’s obligation to seek knowledge. 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.

Each chapter includes a discussion of the Qur'anic verses, Hadith, and traditions from the Companions and the pious predecessors related to the subject at hand. Imam al-Ghazali then engages his readers in a heartfelt discourse; he offers proofs, metaphors, and examples to encourage seekers along the path to knowledge of the hereafter.

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.

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is, a native of Central Asia, was the best-known jurist, theologian and mystic of medieval Islam. Himself a teacher of Sufi initiates, he recorded his practical teaching in his great work, the 'Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din' ('Revival of the Sciences of Religion'), from which the present work is taken. Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp is a professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia at Athens; where he teaches World's Religions, Islamic Studies and Arabic. He has published numerous articles on Sufism, and the lives and teaching methods of well-known Moroccan Sufi masters.