Books XXII and XXIII of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din)
"...the series as a whole, [is] a significant contribution to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought."---Oliver Leaman (BRISMES Bulletin)
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 505/1111), theologian, logician, jurist and mystic, was born and died in Tus in Central Asia, but spent much of his life lecturing at Baghdad or leading the life of a wandering dervish. His most celebrated work, "Revival of the Religious Sciences", has exercised a profound influence on Muslim intellectual history by exploring the mystical significance of the practices and beliefs of Islamic orthodoxy, earning him the title of Hujjat al Islam, the `Proof of Islam'.
A Selection from the Table of Contents: An Exposition of the Merit of Good Character and a Condemnation of Bad Character; An Exposition of the True Nature of Good and Bad Character; A General Exposition of the Means by which Good Character may be Acquired; An Exposition of the Symptoms by which the Diseases of the Heart may be Recognised, and the Signs which Indicate a Return to Health; An Exposition of the Way in which a Man May Discover the Faults in his Soul; An Exposition of the Way in which Young Children should be Disciplined, and the Manner of their Upbringing and the Improvement of their Characters; An Exposition of the Merit of Hunger and a Condemnation of Satiety; A Discourse on Sexual Desire; An Exposition of the Aspirant's Obligations Regarding the Renunciation or Contraction of Marriage; Appendix I: Persons cited in the text; Appendix II: Translations of the 'Revival' into European Languages; Appendix III: The Wonders of the Heart; Bibliography; Index to Qur'anic Quotations; General Index.