The Notion of illumination in the perspective of Ghazali’s Mishkat Al-Anwar

  • Zora Hesova Lecturer, Prague Charles University PhD Candidate at Berlin Free University Germany
Keywords: Illumination, Ghazali, Knowledge, Light, Sufi


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Illumination or knowledge through light is a central theme of medieval philosophy, especially in the Islamic tradition. This special kind of knowledge finds its source in the Qur´anic Verse of Light. Light became a major theme of
Sufism and Islamic philosophy, the former being more closely to the Qur´anic source and the latter standing in the field of philosophy. In his Mishkāt alanwār, the Niche of Lights, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali attempts to expose the
meaning of light and knowledge through light. The bridging figure of the “Proof of Islam” opens an original perspective on the matter: through combination of theory and through embedding the knowledge in Sufi practices. Ghazali´s perspective centers on the character of knowledge accessible through illumination that ultimately leads to an awareness of transcendence.


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How to Cite
Zora Hesova. 2012. “The Notion of Illumination in the Perspective of Ghazali’s Mishkat Al-Anwar”. Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization 2 (2), 65-85.