Al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness, Part II

Continuing our examination of Al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness, we turn to knowledge of the world and why knowledge of this world is important for coming to understand a knowledge of the next.  This builds on his previous chapters of knowledge of the self leading to a knowledge of God and understanding of judgment. One of … Continue reading Al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness, Part II

Al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness, Part I

Al-Ghazali was a famous Islamic-Persian polymath and philosopher of the early medieval era.  He wrote a variety of texts but one of his most famous was the Alchemy of Happiness.  Islam understands man in through a teleological anthropology: That is, humanity has an end and that end is happiness which comes about by self-knowledge, knowledge … Continue reading Al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness, Part I