Ghazali remains a controversial figure almost a millennium after his death, not least for his unjust attacks on Ismaili teaching and doctrine. He is admired by many, Sunni and Shi‘i alike, but disliked by almost as many others. In Saudi Arabia, for instance, his books are banned.
This book ‘Ghazali: The Revival of Islam’ was written as part of the series ‘Makers of the Muslim World’. Professor Patricia Crone, general editor of the series, invited Professor Ormsby to write on Ghazali. She wanted a book which “an intelligent astrophysicist” with no prior knowledge of Islam could read and enjoy. That meant no footnotes, no technical discussions, and not even any diacritical marks on Arabic or Persian terms---none of the features of the usual scholarly book. Professor Ormsby accepted the challenge and the result is this fascinating work.