Al-Ghazali

Full name: 
Abū Hāmed Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Al-Ghazālī
Arabic name: 
أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الغزالي
Latin name: 
Algazel
Date of birth: 
1058
Date of death: 
1111

Born and died in Tus, in Khurasan (eastern province of Iran) between 1058 and 1111 CE, he was a Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic. Al-Imam al-Ghazali remains one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Islamic thought. His thought had an important influence on both Muslim philosophers and Christian medieval philosophers. Margaret Smith writes in her book Al-Ghazali: The Mystic (London 1944): "There can be no doubt that Al-Ghazali's works would be among the first to attract the attention of these European scholars". She adds: "The greatest of these Christian writers who was influenced by Al-Ghazali was St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274), who made a study of the Arabic writers and admitted his indebtedness to them. He studied at the University of Naples where the influence of Arab literature and culture was predominant at the time."

Visit Al-Ghazali Web Site and see the full text of Incoherence of the Philosophers, and an extensive list of books by al-Ghazali from Fons Vitae books: Fons Vitae al-Ghazali Spiritual Masters series. See also "Al-Ghazali's Views on Children's Education".