Professor Mustafa Abu Sway, Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Al-Ghazali’s Work, Masjid Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds University
Shaykh Dr Afifi al-Akiti, Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Chaired by Dr. Timothy J. Gianotti, American Islamic College
Date: Saturday May 14 – Sunday May 15, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm (Saturday) and 10am – 4pm (Sunday)
This course will provide a brief introduction to Imam Al-Ghazali’s life and the aims and format of Ihya. It will cover the epistemological basis of the Ihya itself, and while utilizing kitab al-ilm, it will touch upon the defense of the Ihya in al-imla lil-Ghazali, as well as critiques of the hadith methodology. The course will look at Ghazali’s admittance of his knowledge of the field in Qanun al-ta’wil and its essential rectification by Iraqi’s takhrij, as well as the hadith principles of using the da’if in fada’il, which was outlined by Ibn Hajar. Additionally, the course will give an overview of kitab al-aqa’id, touching on its methodology (in light of its use of the Greek heritage), and touch upon the warnings in Iljam al-awamm and how they relate to the principles of the Ihya.
We will go over: Kitab Dhamm al-ghurur; Kitab al-Nikah; Kitab Adab Al-Ulfah wal-Ukhuwwah; Kitab Al-Tawbah; Kitab Al-Tafakkur and then provide as summary, conclusion and hold an extended Q & A.