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The Alchemy Of Happiness
by Ghazzali, Trans. By Claud Field
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Those who deny the reality of the ecstasies and other spiritual experiences of the Sufis merely betray their own narrow-mindedness and shallow insight. -from "Concerning Music and Dancing" One of the great works of mystical religious literature, the Kimiya-i-Sa'adaat strove to bring man closer to understanding God by helping him understand himself. These excerpts from that work, by a strikingly original thinker on Islam who lived and wrote in the 11th century, were first published in 1910, and serve as a potent reminder of how powerful an influence Al-Ghazzali had upon religious philosophers of the Middle Ages, both Christian and Islamic. With its wise and warmly humanistic outlook, this little book may well foster a new measure of understanding in the current philosophical battle between the religious traditions of East and West. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Field's Shadows Cast Before and Jewish Legends of the Middle Ages. Iranian theologian AL-GHAZALI (1058-1111) was medieval Islam's most prominent scholar and philosopher. CLAUD FIELD is also author of Mystics and Saints of Islam, Heroes of Missionary Enterprise, and Persian Literature.
Text: English, Persian, Hindi (translation)
From the Publisher
Gazzali's own abridgement, in Persian, of his masterwork The Revival of Religious Sciences. This excellent English version is designed for the ordinary reader.
About the Author
Iranian theologian AL-GHAZALI (1058-1111) was medieval Islam's most prominent scholar and philosopher. CLAUD FIELD is also author of Mystics and Saints of Islam, Heroes of Missionary Enterprise, and Persian Literature.
Excerpted from Alchemy of Happiness by Al-Ghazzali, Claud Field. Copyright © 1991. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
"Knowledge of self is the key to the knowledge of God, according to the saying: 'He who knows himself knows God,'...Now nothing is nearer to thee than thyself, and if thou knowest not thyself how canst thou know anything else?"
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