By Georges Tamer (ed.)
This quantity bargains an account of Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111) as a rational theologian who created a symbiosis of philosophy and theology and infused rationality into Sufism. nearly all of the papers herein care for very important subject matters of al-Ghazālī’s paintings, which exhibit his rational remedy of the Qurʾān and significant matters of Islamic theology and lifestyle of Muslims. another contributions deal with al-Ghazālī’s resources and the way his highbrow endeavors have been later got through students who had an analogous quandary of reconciling faith and rationality inside of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
With contributions by means of Binyamin Abrahamov, Hans Daiber, Ken backyard, Avner Giladi, Scott Girdner, Frank Griffel, Steven Harvey, Alfred Ivry, Jules Janssens, Taneli Kukkonen, Luis Xavier López-Farjeat, Wilferd Madelung, Yahya M. Michot, Yasien Mohamed, Eric Ormsby, M. Sait Özervarlı, and Hidemi Takahashi.
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36 Moreover, the Arabic Plotinus contains an echo of Enneads VI 8, “On the Free Will and the Will of the One,”37 a chapter which intends to explain the compatibility of God’s free will – that is, the pure cause – and the necessity of His emanations, the caused things. J. M. ”40 In the footsteps of Plato’s comparison of the Good with the sun and with the light of the intelligible world, Plotinus41 explained the emanation from the One with the light of the sun42 or the heat of the fire;43 he may44 have been drawing from the background of 36 Cf.
99/translation by Burrell/Daher pp. 86f. Kitāb al-Arbaʿīn (s. prec. ) pp. ; cf. Griffel, Al-Ghazālī’s Philosophical Theology, pp. 236ff. This type of water-clock is described in Eilhard Wiedemann, Aufsätze zur arabischen Wissenschaftsgeschichte, ed. Wolfdietrich Fischer I, Hildesheim-New York, 1970, p. 366; cf. , Gesammelte Schriften zur arabisch-islamischen Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Gesammelt, bearbeitet und mit Indices versehen v. Dorothea Girke u. Dieter Bischoff, III (Frankfurt/M. 1984. = Veröffentlichungen des Institutes für Geschichte der Arabisch-islamischen Wissenschaften.
13, 6ff. On the interpretation of the text, cf. Abrahamov, “Al-Ghazālī’s Theory of Causality,” Studia Islamica 67 (1988), 75–98, pp. 80–84; Griffel, al-Ghazālī’s Philosophical Theology, pp. 242ff. On God’s creation of the secondary causes in al-Ghazālī, cf. Richard M. Frank, Al-Ghazālī and the Ashʿarite School, Duke University Press, 1994, pp. 36ff. On celestial causes in al-Ghazālī, cf. Frank, Creation, pp. 38ff. 16 Daiber This description of the causes clearly shows traces of the Aristotelian87 and Avicennian88 doctrine of eternal moving celestial spheres and their unmoved Prime Mover.
Islam and Rationality. The Impact of al-Ghazālī by Georges Tamer (ed.)