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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Islamic scholar Al-Ghazali, one of the most significant and influential philosophers of the Middle Ages.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Al-Ghazali, a major philosopher and theologian of the late 11th century. Born in Persia, he was one of the most prominent intellectuals of his age, working in such centres of learning as Baghdad, Damascus and Jerusalem. He is now seen as a key figure in the development of Islamic thought, not just refining the theology of Islam but also building on the existing philosophical tradition inherited from the ancient Greeks.


Peter Adamson
Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at the LMU in Munich

Carole Hillenbrand
Professor of Islamic History at Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities

Robert Gleave
Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter

Producer: Victoria Brignell.

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Thu 19 Mar 2015 21:30


Peter Adamson at LMU Munich

Carole Hillenbrand at the University of St Andrews

Robert Gleave at the University of Exeter

Al-Ghazali – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Al-Ghazali – Wikipedia



Al-Ghazali (trans. M. E. Marmura), The Incoherence of the Philosophers (Brigham Young University, 2002)

Al-Ghazali (trans. R. J. McCarthy), Freedom and Fulfillment: An annotated translation of Al-Ghazali al-Munqidh min al-Dalāl and other relevant works of Al-Ghazali (Twayne Publishers, 1980)

Richard M. Frank, Creation and the Cosmic System: Al-Ghazali and Avicenna (C. Winter, 1992)

Richard M. Frank, Al-Ghazali and the Ash‘arite School (Duke University Press, 1994)

Frank Griffel, Al-Ghazali’s Philosophical Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Sebastian Gunther (ed.), Ideas, Images, and Methods of Portrayal: Insights into Classical Arabic Literature and Islam (Brill, 2005)

M. E. Marmura, Probing in Islamic Philosophy: Studies In The Philosophies Of Ibn Sina (Global Academic Publishing, 2004)

Parviz Morewedge (ed.), Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism (Caravan Books, 1981)

Eric Ormsby, Ghazali: The Revival of Islam (Oneworld Publications, 2007)

F. Shehadi, Ghazali’s Unique Unknowable God (E. J. Brill, 1964)

Margaret Smith, Al-Ghazali, The Mystic: A Study of the Life and Personality of Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Tusi Al-Ghazali, (Luzac & Co, 1944)

W. Montgomery Watt, Muslim Intellectual: A Study of al-Ghazali (Edinburgh University Press, 1963)

W. Montgomery Watt, The Faith and Practice of Al-Ghazali (First published 1951, Oneworld Publications, 1995)



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Peter Adamson
Interviewed Guest Carole Hillenbrand
Interviewed Guest Robert Gleave
Producer Victoria Brignell


  • Thu 19 Mar 2015 09:00
  • Thu 19 Mar 2015 21:30

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