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Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul & on Breaking the Two Desires


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Preface Abbreviations Introduction Notes to Introduction The Book of Disciplining the Soul, Refining the Character, and Curing the Sickness of the Heart Prologue An Exposition of the Merit which is in having Good Character, and a Condemnation of Bad Character An Exposition of the True Nature of Good and Bad Character An Exposition of the Susceptibility of the Traits of Character to Change through Discipline A General Exposition of the Means by which Good Character may be Acquired An Exposition Detailing the Method Used in Refining the Character An Exposition of the Symptoms by which the Diseases of the Heart may be Recognised, and the Signs which Indicate a Return to Health An Exposition of the Way in which a Man may Discover the Faults in his Soul An Exposition of Evidence Handed Down from Men of Spiritual Insight and Provided in the Law to the Effect that the Way to Cure the Diseases of the Heart is by Renouncing one's Desires, and that the Stuff of such Diseases is Following Desires An Exposition of the Signs of Good Character An Exposition of the Way in which Young Children should be Disciplined, and the Manner of their Upbringing and the Improvements of their Characters An Exposition of the Requirements of Aspirancy, the Preliminaries to Spiritual Struggle, and the Progressive Induction of the Aspirant in Treading the Path of Discipline The Book of Breaking the Two Desires An Exposition of the Merit of Hunger and a Condemnation of Satiety An Exposition of the Benefits of Hunger, and the Evils of Satiety An Exposition of the Method by which Discipline of Used to Break the Greed of the Stomach An Exposition of the Variance in the Rule and Merit of Hunger in Accordance with the Circumstances of Men An Exposition of the Ostentation which may Proceed from the Renunciation of Desirable Foods and from Eating Frugally A Discourse on Sexual Desire An Exposition of the Aspirant's Obligations Regarding the Renunciation or Contraction of Marriage An Exposition of the Merit of him who Counters the Desire of the Sex and the Eye Notes Appendix I: Persons cited in text Appendix II: Translations of the Revival into European languages Appendix III: The Wonders of the Heart Bibliography Index to Qur'anic Quotations General Index

About the Author

T. J. Winter is Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.


...the series as a whole, [is] a significant contribution to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought. -- Oliver Leaman * BRISMES Bulletin *

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