Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Ghazali: The Revival of Islam / Eric Ormsby
Ormsby's brief introduction to the life and thought of Hamid al-Ghazali is quite good for anyone with little familiarity with Ghazali. The opening chapter gives a brief account of some of the main figures and schools of Islam that were the backdrop to Ghazali's thinking. While it was a good idea, it is not carried out particularly well. However, as Ormsby turns to Ghazali, the work becomes clear and more valuable, though it reamins somewhat superficial.