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Title: "Yā rāḥīl ! " Reasons for Travelling in al-Ġazālī's Iḥyā ulūm al-dīn
Authors: Van Leeuwen, Richard
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: al-Ġazālī's Iḥyā ulūm al-dīn is both a compendium of prescriptions and behavioural codes and a guide for the pursuit of spirituality. It contains instructions for everyday life and explanations of spiritual insights, combining several genres of religious texts in a single work. As the Iḥyā shows, everything in life is subjected to a moral code, determining the proper way of conduct and the adherence to spiritual practices and models. In this contribution, the chapter on 'travel' in the Iḥyā will be discussed, focusing on the legitimization of departures, as an act affecting the religious position of the believer, both in the moral and in the spiritual sense. After all, for al-Ġazālī travelling is a dualistic concept, comprising both physical and spiritual "mobility". It seems that the composite nature of the concept of travel is especially suited to demonstrate the underlying unity in the multilayered text of the Iḥyā.
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