The first complete English translation of the thirty-sixth chapter of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences. The Book of Love is of fundamental importance in the history of Islamic thought and in the development of Sufism. This volume was the first to treatise the various aspects of love between God and man earlier Sufi texts had mentioned, and elaborate on the neccessity of it.
Using proof-read texts derived from the Qur'an, the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad and Sufi precept, Ghazali argues that all virtues and spiritual stages precede and then lead to love. Also detailed in this pioneering work is the central emphasis on divine love that helped spawn mystical poetry of Rumi and Hafiz in future Islamic ages.
As well as its translation there is also a introduction and notes by scholar Professor Eric Ormsby.