The importance of Al-Ghazali in the intellectual and spiritual history of both the Western and Islamic world cannot be too highly estimated. He is considered to be the savior of Islam because in his 40-volume opus magnum, The Revival of the Religion Sciences, he clarifies the spiritual meanings and inner purposes of every aspect of the Islamic faith.
This book, an illustrated biography for both parents and children—with adjacent text for both—presents this inspiring life with exquisite miniatures in the Persian style. The biography covers his humble birth and education, rise to fame, spiritual crisis, and subsequent journeying to find the Truth in Syria, Palestine, and Mecca before returning home, having purified his heart.
The text is distilled from his own autobiography, Deliverance from Error, written in the 11th century CE and from other scholarly biographies.
Age: 8 and up
Number of Pages: 48
Publisher: Fons Vitae
Dimensions: 0.4 x 11.3 x 10.2 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: With beautiful miniature paintings by Demi, this book introduces readers - young and old, to Al Ghazali, an exemplary 10th century philosopher and thinker of the Islamic World. He spent years searching for the Truth and harmony between the inner and outer aspects of Islam and is credited with making Sufism an integral part of Islam. Al Ghazali’s critiques of Arabic philosophy, logic and physics encouraged critical thinking and his writings emphasized living in harmony with all beings, seen and unseen, humans, animals and plants - a value we all could learn from today.
This book is also part of our INSPIRING MUSLIM LEADERS AND THINKERS book list.