n Journal for Islamic Studies - The Path to Virtue : The Ethical Philosophy of Al-Raghib Al-Isfahani, Yasien Mohamed
|Article Title||The Path to Virtue : The Ethical Philosophy of Al-Raghib Al-Isfahani, Yasien Mohamed|
|© Publisher:||University of Cape Town|
|Journal||Journal for Islamic Studies|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||145 - 147|
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-Ghazl¥ (d. 1111). The wealth of scholarship on al-Ghazl¥ often leaves one with the nagging question: how was al-Ghazl¥'s knowledge socialised? From a socio-historical perspective, al-Ghazl¥'s textual contributions are often viewed in isolation, with ibn Miskawayh being one of the closest links to al-Ghazl¥ in the sociology of knowledge for this period, which is arguably the most influential textual period in Islamic history. Yasien Mohamed's tome The Path to Virtue: the Ethical Philosophy of Al-Raghib Al-Isfahani sheds much light on this hitherto pressing question, especially in the English world. After historically situating Isfahani between ibn Miskawayh and al-Ghazl¥ - by no means an easy task considering the limited biographical material available on Isfahani - Mohamed sets forth in translating Isfahani's text Kitb al-Dhar¥>ah il Makrim al-Shar¥>ah (The Book of Means to the Noble Qualities of the Law).
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