The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Name
The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God
Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God
Al-Maqsad al-Asna fi Sharh Asmaâ€™ Allah al-Husna
Al-Ghazali; Translated by David Burrell and Nazih Daher
In this work, here presented in a complete English edition for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way. Taking up the Prophetâ€™s teaching that â€˜Ninety-nine Beautiful Namesâ€™ are truly predicated of God, the author explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept. Although some of the book is rigorously analytical, the author never fails to attract the reader with his profound mystical and ethical insights, which, conveyed in his sincere and straightforward idiom, have made of this book one of the perennial classics of Muslim thought, popular among Muslims to this day.
David Burrell is Theodore M. Hesburgh Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Nazih Daher is Chairman of the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State.
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