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Revisiting Al-Ghazali: Revelation and Reason

Posted by Dr. Hatem Bazian on Aug 9, 2016 1:37:03 AM

On March 4-5, 2016, Zaytuna College hosted the Revisiting Al-Ghazali: Reason and Revelation Conference , which examined the work and contribution of one of the most influential scholars in Islamic history. Research papers and discussions revolved around a number of issues in Al-Ghazali’s works with an eye toward understanding and appreciating the unique approach present in his intellectual contribution and the reconciliation between reason and revelation.  In the contemporary period and among Muslims, Al-Ghazali is often approached in debates concerning Sufism but his influence and contribution in Islamic law and jurisprudence is as critical and more impactful at his time as it is in the present period . Critically, Al-Ghazali is maliciously blamed for a supposed antagonism toward reason and free inquiry in Islamic tradition , an idea that was debunked by a number of scholars at the conference.

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Topics: Islam, al-Ghazali, Muslim Scholars, al-Ghazali conference, Islamic History

Fitna Will Come and Go, Knowledge Stays

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jul 20, 2016 11:26:52 AM

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf emphasizes the importance of seeking sacred knowledge, even in times of fitna (tribulation), citing examples of great scholars like Shaykh Abdul-Wahid Ibn ‘Ashir and Mawlana Rumi, who lived through extreme times of fitna themselves.  Please watch the clip below, but also watch the full lecture and many more via

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Topics: Knowledge, Muslim Scholars, Fitna

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