Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple

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Translated by: TOBIAS MAYER

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‘Work for your terrestrial life in proportion to your location in it, and work for your afterlife in proportion to your eternity in it.’ This is part of the advice that the great theologian and mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 AD) put down in his Letter to a Disciple. An old disciple of al-Ghazali had studied the Islamic sciences, including the many works of his master, for most of his life. Faced with the proximity of death, he turns again to his master this time asking for a summary of all his teachings. Letter to a Disciple is al-Ghazali’s response. The emphasis in this short treatise is on religious and spiritual action and on putting into practice the knowledge that one has acquired.

This new translation is presented here as a bilingual Arabic-English edition.

Tobias Mayer holds a PhD in Islamic Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He was Lecturer in Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London, and is presently at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

‘…the series as a whole, [is] a significant contribution to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought.’
Oliver Leaman, BRISMES Bulletin.

PAGES: 118
SIZE: 234 x 156mm

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