The Forerunner of al-Ghazālī

  title={The Forerunner of al-Ghazālī},
  author={Margaret Smith},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain \& Ireland},
  pages={65 - 78}
  • Margaret Smith
  • Published 1 January 1936
  • Education
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
In his al-Munkidh min al-Ḍalāl al-Ghazālī states that he studied the works of al-Muḥāsibī, together with those of Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī, al-Junayd, Shiblī, and Abū Yazīd al-Bisṭāmī, and of these Ḥārith b. Asad al-Muḥāsibī (ob. 243/857) was the earliest and the most prolific writer, and to him al-Ghazālī owes more of his teaching than has been generally realized, and much that has been attributed to al-Ghazālī as representing his original ideas, is in fact based upon the earlier teaching of al-Mu… 
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