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Ghazali's Politics in Context by Yazeed Said

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2 Primary scholarship on Ghazālī and law

Introductory remarks

From the beginning of this book, I have presented a twofold methodology. On the one hand, I argued for the possibility of opening up Ghazālī’s text to the resources available beyond the frontiers of Islam, mainly the theory of John Finnis. On the other hand, though John Finnis speaks towards the end of his Natural Law and Natural Rights about the possibilities of relating his theory to God, Ghazālī does not end, but begins with God. Therefore, I stressed that availing Ghazālī’s text of academic sources beyond Islamic studies should not cancel the need to search for a theological unity in Ghazālī’s own language, ultimately based on the Koran as the defining revelation of all things ...

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