Niche of Lights

ISBN-10: 0842523537

ISBN-13: 9780842523530

Edition: N/A

Authors: David Buchman, Al-Ghazali

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Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali's philosophical explorations covered nearly the entire spectrum of twelfth-century beliefs. Beginning his career as a skeptic, he ended it as a scholar of mysticism and orthodoxy. The Niche of Lights, written near the end of his illustrious career, advances the philosophically important idea that reason can serve as a connection between the devout and God. Al-Ghazali argues that abstracting God from the world, as he believed theologians did, was not sufficient for understanding. Exploring the boundary between philosophy and theology, The Niche of Lights seeks to understand the role of reality in the perception of the spiritual.
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List price: $29.95
Publisher: Brigham Young University
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Foreword to the Series
Introduction [Author’s Introduction
The First Chapter Clarifying that the real light is God and that the name “light” for everything else is sheer metaphor, without reality
A fine point A fine point A fine point
A supplement to this fine point A fine point that goes back to the reality of light
A fine point A fine point A fine point A reality A reality
The Reality of realities An allusion Conclusion Some encouragement
The Second Chapter Clarifying the similitude of the niche, the lamp, the glass, the tree, the olive, and the fire
The first pole: Concerning the mystery and method of using similitudes Conclusion and apology A fine point
The second pole: Clarifying the levels of the luminous human spirits; for, through knowing them, you will come to know the similitudes of the Qur'an
A clarification of the similitudes of this verse A conclusion
The Third Chapter Concerning the meaning of the Prophet’s words: “God has seventy veils of light and darkness; were
He to lift them, the august glories of His Face would burn up everyone whose eyesight perceived Him” The first kind
The second kind
The third kind Notes to the English Text
Index of Qur’anic Verses
Index of Hadiths and Sayings
Index of Names and Terms
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