Biography of Fakhr Al-Din Razi by S. Hossein Nasr

Who's 'Razi' thought to be, and how does he find his place in the mainstream traditional intellectual life of Islam? A little introduction goes as:

The intellectual life of Islam after the attacks of Ash'ari and Ghazali upon rationalistic philosophy can be largely described as the gradual transition from the rationalism of Aristotelian philosophy toward the intuitive and illuminative wisdom of the Ishraqis and Sufis. Although Islam began to weaken politically and culturally during the later part of the 'Abbasid Caliphate, Muslim thought especially in the Shi'ah world continued the process of divorcing itself from the categories of Peripatetic philosophy. One of the most influential and colourful figures in this movement, who played a major role in the attack against the rationalists, was Fakhr al-Din Razi, who is considered to be the reviver of Islam in the sixth/twelfth century as Ghazali was in the fifth/eleventh. Razi is in many ways a second Ghazali; in fact, he may without exaggeration be considered to be one of the greatest Muslim theologians."

Complete biography of Farkr Al-Din Razi by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

For whole of Muslim Philosophy check out the electronic version of the book
History of Muslim Philosophy here. (I also saw this book in 2 vol in the office/study of famous Pakistani lawyer Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan.)

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