Damnation as the Exception: The Case of Ghazālī

Mohammad Hassan Khalil

in Islam and the Fate of Others

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796663
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933082 | DOI:
Damnation as the Exception: The Case of Ghazālī

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Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) is arguably the most widely recognized scholar in Islamic intellectual history. In his discussions of the fate of non-Muslims, he argues that God, out of His mercy, will save certain non-Muslims. Ghazali also maintains an optimistic vision of salvation on the Day of Judgment. This chapter is a discussion of Ghazali’s views on the salvation of non-Muslims, and includes a brief look at the related writings of the much later Indian theologian Shah Wali Allah (d. 1762) of Delhi. al-Ghazali.

Keywords: ash’arite; ash’ari; falsafa; islamic philosophy; salvation; soteriology; theology; afterlife: heaven and hell; Islamic history; Shah Wali Allah; religious diversity; philosophy of religion

Chapter.  11796 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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