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Aḥmad al-Ghazālī, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love by Joseph E. B. Lumbard (review)

Aḥmad al-GhazālÄ«, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love by Joseph E. B. Lumbard (review) BOOK REVIEWS Aḥmad al-Ghazālī, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love.By Joseph E. B. Lumbard. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2016. Pp. 270. Hardcover $80.00, ISBN 978-1-4384-5965-3. Reviewed by Janis Eshots DARP, The Institute of Ismaili Studies jesots@iis.ac.uk and/or jeshots@inbox.lv The younger brother of the famous Ashʿarī theologician and Shāfiʿī jurist Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (1058–1111), Aḥmad al-Ghazālī (d. 1123 or 1126) was a Ṣūfī shaykh who lived and preached in the Saljuq state and, in some cases, possibly influenced its fortunes. Owing to his best known and probably most important work, the Sawāniḥ (“Inspirations”), he is treated in the Persian Ṣūfī tradition as one of the principal representatives of the so-called “School of Love” (madhhab-i ʿishq). However, he remained virtually unknown in the West, outside the narrow circle of experts on Persian Ṣūfism, until the publication of Nasrollah Pourjavady’s English translation of the Sawāniḥ in 1986. The aforementioned translation, which provided access to his principal text, introduced al-Ghazālī to the Western non-specialist reader and made him a recognizable figure. Nevertheless, a detailed account of Aḥmad al-Ghazālī’s life, works, and views that would place him in the wider historical and cultural context was still absent. Lumbard’s book is a timely attempt to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Aḥmad al-Ghazālī, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love by Joseph E. B. Lumbard (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 68 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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BOOK REVIEWS Aḥmad al-Ghazālī, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love.By Joseph E. B. Lumbard. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2016. Pp. 270. Hardcover $80.00, ISBN 978-1-4384-5965-3. Reviewed by Janis Eshots DARP, The Institute of Ismaili Studies jesots@iis.ac.uk and/or jeshots@inbox.lv The younger brother of the famous Ashʿarī theologician and Shāfiʿī jurist Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (1058–1111), Aḥmad al-Ghazālī (d. 1123 or 1126) was a Ṣūfī shaykh who lived and preached in the Saljuq state and, in some cases, possibly influenced its fortunes. Owing to his best known and probably most important work, the Sawāniḥ (“Inspirations”), he is treated in the Persian Ṣūfī tradition as one of the principal representatives of the so-called “School of Love” (madhhab-i ʿishq). However, he remained virtually unknown in the West, outside the narrow circle of experts on Persian Ṣūfism, until the publication of Nasrollah Pourjavady’s English translation of the Sawāniḥ in 1986. The aforementioned translation, which provided access to his principal text, introduced al-Ghazālī to the Western non-specialist reader and made him a recognizable figure. Nevertheless, a detailed account of Aḥmad al-Ghazālī’s life, works, and views that would place him in the wider historical and cultural context was still absent. Lumbard’s book is a timely attempt to

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Published: Aug 8, 2018

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