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Ghazali's Politics in Context by Yazeed Said

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6 Authority and law

Introductory remarks

In Chapter 4 we began to unravel the theological foundation of Ghazālī ’s vision of society, beginning with his definition of fiqh, and how the observation of the faith by the community requires the Imāmate if it is not to slip into fresh distortions, as was shown with the Bāṭinites. In Chapter 5 we argued that this stands in the framework of Natural Law thinking if one considers the reasons behind such conclusions and the ethical requirements of the common good. God does not hinder our understanding of nature, but allows us to see the true face of nature. With these requirements, Ghazālī relates to the Muslim community as an organic construction modelled on the calling of the human being. Like the Koranic ...

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