About the Book:
This is the first English translation of the last chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. After expounding his Sufi philosophy of death and showing the importance of the contemplation of human mortality to the mystical way of self-purification, Ghazzali takes his readers through the stages of the future life: the vision of the Angels of the Grave, the Resurrection, the Intercession of the Prophet, and finally, the torments of Hell, the delights of Paradise and – for the elect – the beatific vision of God’s Countenance.
T. J. Winter is Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
‘I warmly recommend Winter’s translation to everyone interested in Islamic eschatology and Islamic thought.’
‘This book is an excellent translation of a very important work … This translation, and the series as a whole, are significant contributions to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought.’
Oliver Leaman, BRISMES Bulletin
‘Winter’s rendering combines exactness with fluency and dignity of style. The introduction, notes, appendix, bibliography, index – all make this an exemplary publication, produced to the highest standards.’
‘Of considerable value and solace to many who will buy it for reasons both religious and academic.’
H.T. Norris, BSOAS
About the Author:
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzal was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care. This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him.
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.
Imam al-Ghazzali's life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen. He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow. He died in 505 AH He remains one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Islamic thought. His exceptional life and works continue to be indispensable in the study of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and mysticism. The books that he left behind were the result of an inquisitive mind that began the quest for knowledge at a very early stage.