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Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) on Independent Reasoning

“Regarding the subjects that are settled by reason (ma’qūlāt), my school (madhab) is that of demonstration, following what a rational argument mandates. Regarding the subjects that are settled by revelation (shar’iyyāt), my school is the Qur’an and I do not follow one of the Imams by way of emulation (taqlīd). Neither al-Shafi’ī nor Abū Ḥanīfa may take a line of writing away from me and claim it”–Abū Ḥamid al-Ghazālī (d. 1111), “Faza’il al-anam” (Tehran, 1954), 12: 15-17


1 Comment

  1. Just another reason why philosophical inquiry is important to the Islamic tradition, whether people believe it is part of the faith or not. Even from just a historical perspective, knowing what kind of philosophy people followed at different times in history is a great way to understand political motivations and such.

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