Ghazali's Politics in Context

Said, Yazeed (2013) Ghazali's Politics in Context. Routledge.

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Abstract

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is perhaps the most celebrated Muslim theologian of medieval Islam, yet little attention has been paid to his personal theology. This book sets out to investigate the relationship between law and politics in the writings of Ghazali and aims to establish the extent to which this relationship explains Ghazali's political theology. Articles concerned with Ghazali's political thought have invariably paid little attention to his theology and his thinking about God, neglecting to ask what role these have contributed to his definition of politics and political ethics. Here, the question of Ghazali's politics takes into account his thinking on God, knowledge, law and the Koran, in addition to political systems and ethics. If Ghazali's legal and political epistemology provide a polemic analogous to his writings on philosophy, for which he is more famed, they would reveal to us a manifesto for an alternative order, concerned with a coherent definition of the community, or ummah. The book is an invaluable source for students and scholars of the Middle East, political theology and Islamic studies.

Item Type: Book
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Yazid Said
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 12:56
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 12:56
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2000

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