Deliverance from Error:Five Key Texts Including His Spiritual Autobiography, Al-Munqidh Min Al-Dalal

Deliverance from Error:Five Key Texts Including His Spiritual Autobiography, Al-Munqidh Min Al-Dalal
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One of the most remarkable documents to have come down from classical Islamic civilization, this autobiography of the most influential thinker of medieval Islam (1058-1111) describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralyzed by doubt that he was forced to resign the most distinguished academic appointment. His faith returned after years of wandering and seeking, during which he achieved direct knowledge of God in the form of the illuminative experience of the Sufis. Among his most outstanding contributions to Muslim intellectual life were masterly defenses of Islamic orthodoxy, mysticism, and law, against the attacks of those who advocated purely legalistic, or entirely esoteric, readings of the religion. He hence articulated the Islam of the middle way, in balance between the extremes of the letter and the spirit. As such, his works have become a manifesto for modern Muslims struggling against extremist and hence heterodox readings of the faith.
ISBN: 
9781887752275
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
January 1, 2004