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ألف الغزالي المنقذ من الضلال بعد عودته من عزلته التي قضاها متنقلا بين الشام والقدس ومكة. إذن فهو يقع في المرحلة الثانية من حياة الغزالي، مرحلة النضج وتوضيح الخيارات النهائية. وفي المنقذ من الضلال يذكر أن سنه قد نافت على الخمسين مما يحدد وضعه الكتاب أواخر عام 499هـ وبدايات عام 500هـ في نيسابور،حين عاد إلى التدريس في نظاميتها لتبيان حقيقة النبوة. أما دافع الغزا
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Published by دار الفكر اللبناني - بيروت (first published 1107)
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Tim
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I knew with certainty that the Sufis were masters of states, not purveyors of words" (52). This quote has a footnote that basically states the reason that Sufis were not known for their words was because they considered many of their experiences beyond words or "ineffable" as the compilers state it here. This is how I feel as I read the account presented by Ghazali of his own spiritual transformation. To those who are not in the same phase of life, these accounts can seem irrelevant or even tri ...more
Miroku Nemeth
In truth, while I love Fons Vitae, it is imperative that they start using Muslim translators for many of these texts. The overall tone of the text lacks the passion of absolute conviction and yaqin (certainty) that Imam Al-Ghazali's words exude, and the footnotes, while scholarly for an orientalist, and terribly deficient and sometimes downright insulting to a believing Muslim with an informed background in Islamic studies.

I have been wanting to read this text for years, as Al-Ghazali's persona
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Dan
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(I read this book for a medieval philosophy class and the way Al-Ghazali was taught was in juxtaposition (mostly) to Ibn Rushd so that we could see exactly what each of them were attempting to explain and explore. This review is actually a paper I wrote on how I understood what each philosopher was teaching, but since I really like Al-Ghazali I think it's fitting to use it as my review of the book, too.)

Though they disagree how, Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd are both attempting to explain how exactly
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Justin Evans
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, philosophy
A great and still useful run through the ways that most people think about the world, and why you probably shouldn't think about the world in those ways. I'm not about to convert to Sufism, but I'm glad Ghazali found what he was looking for.

Very disappointed by the typo in the figure on page 75. Can you not add up, people?
Mark Moorman
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al-Ghazali’s "Path to Sufism" truly deserves to be considered one of the canonical "Great Books" of Western and Islamic civilization. The sympathetic spirit of its author reaches across a gulf of 1,000 years to all with the wisdom to listen. The fact that he is an Islamic thinker well versed in the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle has special significance in a civilization (if our culture can be so described) which is flirting with the intolerant ignorance of Islamophobia. This is not the place ...more
Fatima Ar
Anyone who has ever tried to become aware of their own thought process or the origin of their thoughts would find this relatable

I do wish that Al Ghazali had defined certain terms, or at least what they mean to him...He questions his ability to arrive to true conclusions using his reason/senses, but at the same time refers to things like “his soul” and “God’s Light” and divine revelation in this process.

The natural progression of questioning would be what exactly he means by the soul, why he be
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Aung Sett Kyaw Min
Al-Ghazali falls into a radical, incapacitating doubt of presumably spiritual origins, prompting him to embark on a quest for the cure.
Should he trust his sense data, or reason or something beyond reason from which the latter derives its authority? He settles on the third (the closest analogue being the dream-state), and credits the Sufi mystics for this discovery. This faculty is the faculty of prophecy.
However, he has pretty mean things to say about the falsafa or the philosophers like Avice
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Ali Jafari
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An autobiography of the man many refer to as Hujjat al-Islam. He was clearly ahead of his time in regards to being reflective and understanding himself. He saw himself as just giving lip service and not feeling spirituality as it should be. He ended up leaving his hometown in which he was an established scholar and ended up spending much time in seclusion before returning. He concludes that sufism to be of the way to really feel spirituality rather than just learning and not using the knowledge ...more
Murtaza
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An account of Ghazali's journey of spiritual transformation, culminating at the position that the path to truth is through the fruition of reason, faith and spiritual experience (as embodied by the Sufis). An earnest journey in which the author asked many of the same timeless questions people still ask themselves today in looking for existential meaning. It was interesting to note how timeless the deceptions and delusions have been - especially among those enamored with materialism or scientism. ...more
Hafsa
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, islam-sufism
I really liked this book although many parts of it were hard to understand. You definitely have to have a bit of a background in Islamic philosophy and have read some of Ghazali's earlier works for it all to make sense. I enjoyed reading his criticisms of the philosophers, but I'm not sure if I followed the transition from that to Sufism that well. I would recommend reading this with more of a framework on the context Ghazali is speaking to.
Sunny
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I thought this was fairly decent overall. Ghazali talks about why he chose Sufism and as a part of that he goes through 4 means with which we can gain knowledge. 1. Through judgement and reasoning 2. Through philosophy 3. Through the Imams who have divine knowledge passed down to them from the Prophets 4. Sufism. Its quite a short book so worth a quick read and insight into one of the Muslim world’s foremost thinkers ….

Ahmad Abugosh
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book literally changed my life. I started reading it when I was in a transitional period of my life, and what Imam Ghazali went through had many similarities to my own personal struggles with what I believed and the reality of the world around me. This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to re-examine their Islamic beliefs and relate it to their day-to-day lives.
Tariq
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Experience life...don't read about it in a book. The irony, of course, is that it's captured in a book.
Anya
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystic-religious
"The system most closely akin to the system of the Muhammedan doctors is that of Aristotle as expounded to us by Farabi and Avicenna. The sum total of their errors can be reduced to twenty propositions: three of them are irreligious, and the other seventeen heretical. It was in order to combat their system that we wrote the work, Destruction [sic] [Incoherence] of the Philosophers."

Not discerning the difference between "irreligious" and "heretical". Maybe similar to amoral vs immoral? How about
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Mora
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school, nonfic
So apparently the one HONR 101 book I've enjoyed and actually sort of understand this semester is the one everyone else seems to hate? And not understand? (I obviously do not understand everything and I will admit I zoned out near the end but like what he said was pretty straightforward? Though I do have to say I missed where, uh, Sufism comes in.) Anyway it was interesting and there were some fundamental truths in there that I appreciated, along with a few thought-provoking comments.

It's basica
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Hamdanil
Al-Ghazali's brief story of his search for truth. The background is the sciences (or philosophy) and ideologies in his day (>900 years ago). Surprisingly for me, it still makes a good read and is very informative about various problems that he faced. Nowadays, he often get bad reputation for allegedly being "anti-science" etc. but here we see that his position was more nuanced than that, and was well-argued. We know, he ended up on the path of the Sufis, in this book he outlined his reasoning fo ...more
Hariz S. H.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, philosophy
This book may find its true audienes in the hand of those who had some experience in 3 approaches in pursuit of truth; Scholarly theologian, philosophy, & sufism.

Not saying if you miss one of it you can't enjoy it, but the 'sufism' part is rather crucial experience to really fathom the message I personally think author wants to convey.
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Suleyman Shah
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
crystal clear in logic, to try and defeat him in this field is a fallacy in itself. Written 1000 years ago with its relevance today unquestionable, the philosophers of today have not changed. Neither should our approach to their questions.
Sharaiz
A book made for it's time but that provides some useful points in regards to the religious debates of the time. Within the book there are also signs of al Ghazali's greatness and deep piety and it provides some important tips for those looking to undertake the path or knowledge and spirituality.
Ginger Stephens
I had expected a little more from this book in the way of guidance toward Sufism. However, it is really a dry overview of why everyone’s way of explaining God is wrong, unless they have a personal experience. But, it is a short read and the middle parts have some interesting parts.
Taha Babar
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful! Great lessons can be learned from Ghazali’s journey and teachings explaining God and human mind. Ghazali is no doubt one the greatest writers from Islamic civilization.
Rifat Islam
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
mashallah for someone to be physically tormented by the ills of his society is amazing
Abdullah Shams
I don't know what to make of it. Holistic thinking!!!! Doesn't bring me even an inch closer to contentment, I still feel that eternal restlessness in my being.
Hamsa
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming-of-age kind of a story on the break from tradition and re-evaluation of religious practice. It's an introspective look on seeking the truth through the device of logical argumentation. I would recommend it for anyone who is trying to understand the root of personal Islamic practice and navigating it through a philosophical lens.
Tri Ahmad Irfan
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the period of adolescence, that is to say, previous to reaching my twentieth year to the present time when I have passed my fiftieth, I have ventured into this vast ocean; I have fearlessly sounded its depths, and like a resolute diver, I have penetrated its darkness and dared its dangers and abysses. I have interrogated the beliefs of each sect and scrutinized the mysteries of each doctrine, in order to disentangle truth from error and orthodoxy from heresy. I have never met one who mainta ...more
Jamshid
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the start of the book which was a story about Ghazali's skepticism. I was truly impressed by the questions and doubts that he experienced and was expressing in the book genuinely. However, as I moved on through the chapters of the book I realized that such skepticism, which was somehow resolved mysteriously and with no explanation given about the transition process, was replaced by an Islamic monotheistic belief that became the main base of the author's reasoning in rejecting or acceptin ...more
E.
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have referenced al-Ghazali in my teaching of Descartes, as al-Ghazali also experiences an existential crisis of doubt in his search for certainty--six centuries before Descartes. I had wanted to read the full original work as prelude to a philosophy writing project I intend to begin while on my sabbatical.

This is a spiritual and intellectual memoir as the 11th century thinker records his own deliverance from error as he explores various intellectual traditions and settles upon the Sufi as the
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Zee
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islamic
Powerful, hard-hitting and utterly timeless- this is a short yet captivating book which I almost always recommend to others looking for a shaking read. A mini autobiography of Imam Ghazali where he gives you the most stunning narration of what is known as "the crisis of Al Ghazali", where he began to question himself, his religious intentions and the state of his heart at a time when he himself had the most prestigious and most wealthy position in the Islamic world. This book is a wake-up call t ...more
Anna
A book best read if you already know something about Islam - I would recommend at least knowing the Koran and having basic knowledge of various interpretations and schools of Islam, as well as the fundamental Arabic terms that accompany that. Interesting from a historical perspective, and also for insight into Al Ghazali's approach. A mix of theological postulates and autobiography, but lacking deeper exposition, which can be found in other works.

A note on this French ebook edition: it has sever
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Andrew
The basic message of the book is intellect can only take you so far before you're going to need a little spirit of prophecy in your life. I didn't find it earth-shattering, but it definitely has me interested in studying some of his other more expansive writings. I also thought the translation was excellent and accessible, especially compared with other Medieval Islamic text translations I've come across.
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Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī was one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. He was of Persian origin.

Islamic tradition considers him to be a Mujaddid, a renewer of the faith who, according to the prophetic hadith, appears once every century to restore the faith of the ummah ("the Islamic Community"). His works were so hi
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“مهما نسبت الكلام وأسندته إلى قائل حسن فيه اعتقادهم قبلوه وإن كان باطلا، وإن أسندته إلى قائل ساء فيه اعتقادهم ردوه وإن كان حقا، فأبدًا يعرفون الحق بالرجال، ولا يعرفون الرجال بالحق، وهو غاية الضلال” 77 likes
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