Author: Imam al Haramayn al Juwayni; Dr. Paul E Walker (translator); Dr. Muhammad S. Eissa (reviewer)
Publisher: Garnet Publishing (Spring 2001)
Pages: 372 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
This work, commonly known simply as al-Irshad (The Guide), is a major classic of Islamic theology. Its author, Imam al Haramayn al Juwayni (d.478/1085), was the leading Ash'arite (Sunni) theologian of his time but he was more famous for his many important treatises on the principles of law and for having been the teacher of the great al Ghazali. Nevertheless, his writings in the field of theology, especially the present book, represent the high point of its development in the Islamic world until then. Here the master sets out systematically what he considered the sure proofs for the principles of any discourse about God and His attributes, about what must be said concerning Him, and how the human being should understand what is possible in respect to God.
The translator, Paul E. Walker, gained his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and is a historian of ideas at the same university. He specializes in various aspects of Islamic thought in its classical phase (from the 9th to 12th century) and has written a number of books about individual figures from that period.
This volume is part of the collection known as Great Books of Islamic Civilization.