Techniques for the Social Self: Abū Ḥāmid al- Ghazālī and the Remembrance of Death

Sean Hanretta*

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Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali is often considered the “most influential intellectual in the Muslim tradition.” While controversial in his own day, his works have influenced other Muslim writers for nearly a millennium, echoed through European philosophy and theology, and have become staples of modern collections of the “classics” of the world’s religions. From one vantage point, al-Ghazali’s achievement was to draw on the work of great tenth- and eleventh-century Islamic philosophers like Abu Nasr al-Farabi and Ibn Sina as well as the range of ideas and practices often grouped under the label of “Sufism” without committing himself to the core principles of either camp. Material continuity between the living and the dead also made it possible for the living to hear the testimony of the deceased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolitical Theory on Death and Dying
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781000451757
ISBN (Print)9780367437411
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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