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On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid Al Ghazali's Faysal Al Tafriqa
Abu Hamid al Ghazali, one of the most famous intellectuals in the history of Islam, developed a definition of Unbelief (kufr) to serve as the basis for determining who, in theological terms, should be considered a Muslim and who should not. Jackson's annotated translation is preceded by an introduction that reconstructs the historical and theoretical context of the Faysal ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published December 26th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
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an interesting book which analyzes the issue of differing theologies within Islam; and why there is a tolerance for juristic differences but not for theological differences. in this book al ghazali makes an argument for theological differences within the sphere of a set of conditions which he lays out in this book. an interesting analysis and quite brave, because when taken in context of the time in which it was written he is taking a stance against his own theological group condemning their pra ...more
For my Reformers of the Islamic Tradition class. Interesting insight into the the mind and values of one of the most important Islamic philosophers. In this book Jackson explores al-Ghazali's beliefs and concerns about religious tolerance and inclusion in Islamic society both in the present and in the life beyond this world.
Sherman A. Jackson (also known as Abdul Hakim Jackson) is an American scholar. He is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He was formerly the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of ...moreMore about Sherman A. Jackson...