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The Book of Poverty and Abstinence is the thirty-fourth chapter of The Revival of the Religions Sciences. It falls in the section dealing with the virtues. Ghazali gives definitions of what real poverty and abstinence should be and how the poor should conduct themselves. He goes on to describe poverty that has no virtue and which is based on greed and love of the world. For Ghazali, the virtues of real poverty and abstinence are closely linked with patience, contentment, lack of worldliness, asceticism, trust and surrender to God. Dr Asaad F. Shaker holds a PhD from McGill University and works on classical Islam.

A Selection from the Table of Contents

1.

The Reality of Poverty and its Different States

2.

The Excellence of Absolute Poverty

3.

Poverty’s Excellence over Wealth

4.

The Reality of Abstinence

5.

The Excellence of Abstinence

6.

The Degrees of Abstinence

7.

The Signs of Abstinence

Appendix: Persons Cited in the Text

Index to Qur’anic Quotations

Bibliography

General Index

  • EAN 13 / ISBN:9780946621767
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Author:Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali
  • Translator:Asaad F. Shaker
  • Publisher:Islamic Text Society

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