«Ghazālī offers a treasure-trove of sophisticated insights in his massive oeuvre of writings, and this collection of essays draws on multiple aspects of his multifaceted scholarship. Prof Muddathir ‘Abd al-Rahīm offers his own unique insights on Ghazālī’s politics, and the conversation he convenes in this volume refines and deepens our understanding of Ghazālī as a pivotal figure in Islamic thought.» Ebrahim Moosa, Mirza Family Professor in Islamic Thought & Muslim Societies, University of Notre Dame (USA), and author of Ghazālī and the Poetics of Imagination
«This compilation of essays is a rich study which contributes a variety of new perspectives on al-Ghazālī’s philosophy to a growing field of study. The contributors examine diverse aspects of al-Ghazālī’s thought and writings that have yet to receive sufficient scholarly attention, while also contextualizing his work in the broader historical realities of al-Ghazālī’s time. Several of the studies in this volume describe al-Ghazālī’s influence on developments that shape modern philosophy and elements of modernity. The new insights offered and the clarity with which arguments have been structured in this book make it a highly welcomed addition to Ghazālīan studies.» Feryal Salem, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, American Islamic College, Chicago (USA)
«Within the tradition of tajdid, or ‘renewal’, in Islamic heritage, there might be disputes as to who is considered the mujaddid (‘renewer’) in each century—not so with Hujjat al-Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazālī, who is so widely recognised as that figure in the 5th century. Unsurprisingly so, considering his width and breadth of knowledge in so many different sciences, particularly in law, jurisprudence, theology, Qur’anic commentary, and spirituality. One area that remains sorely understudied, nevertheless, is that which pertains to al-Ghazālī’s thoughts on the political realm, which, though profane and secular, can, in al-Ghazālī’s schemata, become a source of sacredness, if the correct approach and intention are taken. It is a pleasure to see this volume, Al-Ghazālī’s Political Thought and Other Essays on Hujjatu’l-Islām that engages with that area of his work.» Hisham A. Hellyer, Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge (UK) & the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
«It is a testament to al-Ghazālī’s scholarship that his writings are still hotly debated by Islamic studies specialists, both by his proponents and the detractors. In this edited volume, Prof. Muddathir ‘Abd al-Rahīm casts a spotlight on a less studied aspect of al-Ghazālī’s ideas—political and economic thought. The introductory essay by Prof. Muddathir, in particular, should be a starting point and a great introduction to any future work on al-Ghazālī’s political thought. This book is a highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the medieval Islamic political and economic history and thought.» Ermin Sinanović, Executive Director, Center for Islam in the Contemporary World at Shenandoah University (USA)
About the Editor and Introduction: Muddathir ‘Abd al-Rahīm Is Professor of Political Science and Chairman, Academic Board, African Research and Training Center, International University of Africa (IUA) in Khartoum, Sudan. In his rich academic and diplomatic career, he has held numerous posts and appointments: Distinguished Professor and Head, Human Rights Program, University Islam Malaysia, (UIM), Cyberjaya, Malaysia; Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies and Distinguished Academic Fellow at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM, Malaysia; Visiting Scholar, Northern Illinois University; Vice- Chancellor (Rector) Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan; and a Visiting Professor, School of Humanities, Temple University, among others. Prof. Muddathir was Sudan's Ambassador to Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland), UNESCO Senior Expert, and a Member of the Sudanese Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly. He has authored and edited more than ten books and numerous scholarly articles, including Human Rights in Islam (Preger, 2005) and Imperialism and Nationalism in the Sudan—A Study in Constitutional and Political Development 1899-1956 (Oxford University Press, 1969). Prof. Muddathir is a Recipient of the Jordanian Royal Medal for Distinguished Contributions, «Wisam Al-Husayn li’l-'Atā’Al-Mutamayyiz,» conferred by King Abdullah II, in Amman in 2013, and was honored as «Personality of the Year» in the Sudan in 2019 by the Ministry of Culture for his academic and cultural contributions, especially in connection with the promotion of Human Rights. Prof. Muddathir ‘Abd al-Raīm obtained his Ph.D. in Economics and Social Studies (Government) from the University of Manchester in 1964, a B.A. in Politics from Nottingham University in 1958, and another B.A. in Arabic, History, and Economics from the University of London in 1955.