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MF CASR Lunch with Sami Al Daghistani

Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī's Economics of Happiness


08.09.2020 - 11:30 til 12:00

In this project, Sami Al Daghistani focuses on the interplay of economic philosophy and moral conduct as reflected in the writings of one of the most renowned scholars in Islamic history, Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 1111). It is well known that al-Ghazālī, nicknamed “the proof of Islam”, contributed to Islamic theology, philosophy, and Sufism or Islamic mysticism (taṣawwuf). Strikingly enough, al-Ghazālī also made seminal contributions to the field of economic thought, but this contribution has been largely neglected, although he dedicated many chapters to what he considered righteous economic conduct through the notion of eternal happiness or sa'āda. By analyzing al-Ghazālī’s understudied contribution to economic thought, I argue for a close reading of his ideas embedded in both Sharī‘a’s moral law and the tradition of Sufism within what he referred to as "the science of the hereafter" ('ilm al-ākhira).

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