David Burrell

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058–1111) is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam. The present volume contains a translation of Ghazali’s autobiography, The Deliverance from Error, one of the most remarkable personal documents to have come down to us from Islamic civilization. The Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis which left him so paralyzed by doubt that he was forced to resign the most distinguished academic appointment of his day. His faith returned after years of wandering and seeking during which he achieved direct knowledge of God in the form of the illuminative experience of the Sufis.