Al-Ghazali (1058-1111 CE) is arguably one of the most influential thinkers in…
For more on the subject see, Al-Ghazali and the Ismailis - A Debate on Reason and Authority in Medieval Islam by Farouk Mitha,
Al-Ghazali (1058-1111 CE) is arguably one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Islam and his writings have received greater scholarly attention in the West than those of any other Muslim scholar. This study explores and important dimension of his thought that has not yet been fully examined, namely, his polemical engagement with the Ismailis of the Fatimid and early Alamut periods. Al-Ghazali's debate with the Ismailis constitutes an important chapter in the history of Muslim thought and this book also explores the wider intellectual and political significance of this encounter, and especially the light it sheds on the central tensions and questions of the age in which al-Ghazali lived.
On Henry Corbin
After long periods of research spent in Turkey, Syria and Egypt, Professor Henry Corbin from 1946 organised the Department of Iranology of the Franco-Iranian Institute in Tehran. There he established and directed the Bibliothèque Iranienne Series, an important collection of editions of Persian and Arabic texts together with analytical studies. From 1954 to 1974 he held the position of directeur d'études at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes at the Sorbonne University, as the successor to Louis Massignon.
Henry Corbin died in 1978 at the age of 75. His many publications in French and translated into English, including Avicenna and the Visionary Recital (New York, 1960), Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi (Princeton, 1969), Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth (Princeton, 1977) and The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism (Boulder, Col., 1978), illustrate a life devoted to studies in comparative philosophy, history of religions, Shi'ism and esoteric Islam.