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Confessions of al-Ghazali

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Confessions of al-Ghazali is a thought-provoking and introspective work that delves into the personal journey of renowned Islamic philosopher and theologian, al-Ghazali. In this text, the author recounts his struggles with doubt, spiritual crisis, and journey towards enlightenment.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is al-Ghazali's candid portrayal of his inner conflicts and existential questioning. He delves into the nature of faith, reason, and the search for truth, presenting a complex and nuanced exploration of these fundamental aspects of human experience.

Throughout the book, al-Ghazali demonstrates a deep commitment to seeking understanding and grappling with life's profound questions. His intellectual honesty and willingness to confront his own uncertainties make for a compelling and engaging read.

Overall, Confessions of al-Ghazali is a profound and thought-provoking work that offers valuable insights into the nature of faith, doubt, and the search for truth. Al-Ghazali's journey towards enlightenment serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of self-reflection and spiritual growth. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy, religion, and the enduring quest for meaning in life.

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Abu Hamid al-Ghazali was born in 1058 AD in the city of Tus in modern day Iran. He was a reputed scholar, philosopher and Shafi'i jurist who was a professor of theology at the Nizamiyya College of Baghdad. At the peak of his fame, he was gripped by an internal schism between his beliefs and his inner self. He gave up his position lead a life of seclusion and personal mystical transformation. During this time of solitude and contemplation he authored a number of seminal works reconciling the outward practices of Islam with a deep inner spirituality. The Confessions of al-Ghazali , is an intellectual autobiography on al-Ghazali's transformation. In this work he catalogs the various sects and schools of thought he encountered on his search for the divine truth. - Summary by Zishan Sheikh

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