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The Rhetoric of Revival: Authorizing Strategies and the Presentation of the Science of the Hereafter

Kenneth Garden

in The First Islamic Reviver

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780199989621
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199395590 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989621.003.0005
The Rhetoric of Revival: Authorizing Strategies and the Presentation of the Science of the Hereafter

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It is one thing to forge a new vision of a religious tradition. It is another to win authority for it. Al-Ghazali understood this and crafted his Revival of the Religious Sciences not only to expound his Science of the Hereafter, but to win a following for it. The Revival of the book’s title was the primary strategy al-Ghazali employed to this end, claiming that his agenda was to not to promote a vision of the Islamic religious tradition of his own devising, but rather to restore that tradition to its pristine origins. He bolstered his revivalist rhetoric with several other authorizing strategies.

Keywords: Al-Ghazali; Revival of the Religious Sciences; Islamic Revivalism; rhetoric

Chapter.  7877 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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