In Pursuit of Virtue : The Moral Theology and Psychology of Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi


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Ibn Hazm lived in Al-Andalus in the tenth and eleventh centuries AD. He is accepted by both Islamic and Western scholars as one of the outstanding intellect not only of his own age but also of all ages. The extent of his formative influence on the great change in European thought that took place in the late Middle Ages is now beginning to be fully appreciated.

Ibn Hazm’s position, at one and the same time, of being an activator of Islam as a means of social and moral reform and a landmark of European culture make him particularly relevant to today’s situation.

Dr. Abu Layla is to be congratulated for bringing to a wide audience a role model for Muslims to act by and for non-Muslims to appreciate the full and refreshing impact of traditional Islamic thought.


214 pages