n Journal for Islamic Studies - The Path to Virtue : The Ethical Philosophy of Al-Raghib Al-Isfahani, Yasien Mohamed




Islamic Studies lays claim to a rich history of scholarship on ethical philosophy. This discipline owes much to the Buyyid philosopher ibn Miskawayh (d. 1030) and the scholarly genius of the Seljuk al-GhazŒl¥ (d. 1111). The wealth of scholarship on al-GhazŒl¥ often leaves one with the nagging question: how was al-GhazŒl¥'s knowledge socialised? From a socio-historical perspective, al-GhazŒl¥'s textual contributions are often viewed in isolation, with ibn Miskawayh being one of the closest links to al-GhazŒl¥ in the sociology of knowledge for this period, which is arguably the most influential textual period in Islamic history. Yasien Mohamed's tome sheds much light on this hitherto pressing question, especially in the English world. After historically situating Isfahani between ibn Miskawayh and al-GhazŒl¥ - by no means an easy task considering the limited biographical material available on Isfahani - Mohamed sets forth in translating Isfahani's text (The Book of Means to the Noble Qualities of the Law).


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