Al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid Muhammad. Minhaj al-'Abidin [Methodology for the Worshippers].

Probably Persia (Qazvin province?), [3 April 1741 CE] = 16 Muharram 1154 H.

8vo (127 x 212 mm). (226) pp. Persian manuscript in black ink, with catchwords in red. Nas'taliq calligraphy, bordered in gilt, with 'unwan in colours, gilt, on first page of text. 19th century green morocco with gilt borders and red spine label. Marbled endpapers.

 1,500.00

Persian translation of this Sufi guide to the devout life, also known as "The High Road of Worshippers" or "The Path of the Worshipful Servants". The 11-century Persian theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic Al-Ghazali has been called the single most influential Muslim after the prophet Muhammad, and a "Mujaddid", or Renewer of the Faith. His works were so highly acclaimed by his contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title "Proof of Islam" ("Hujjat al-Islam").

Numerous marginal annotations throughout. Binding rubbed and bumped at extremeties; upper hinges starting. Some waterstaining to margins; occasional paper flaws and traces of worming repaired; a few edges folded in to preserve marginalia from further trimming. Later inscription in Arabic on final page, and inscribed in English "to Prince Jehandoor" (27 Nov. 1836) under the colophon.

Cf. GAL I, 423, no. 38 (& Suppl. I, 751).