Come on guys! keep this place alive, there's so much i wana know about this dude.
well I went through all 2 pages of this thread Zaiba but there is very little information on Imam Al Ghazali ., Let me write about him and his works briefly here..
Abu Hāmed Mohammad ibn Mohammad al-Ghazzālī (1058-1111) Is Persian and was born and died in Tus in the Khorasan province of Persia which borders Present Afghanistan., In fact at that time there were no borders between Persia, Afghanistan and Pakistan/present Baluchistan. He was Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic of 11th century, That means he was born after 500 years the death of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) (Clicky for piccy!)
Al-Ghazali's His father was a traditional sufi, died when he and his younger brother, Ahmad Ghazali, were still young. One of their father's friends took care of them for the next few years.
Later in 1070, Ghazali and his brother went to Gurgan to get enrolled in a madrassah. There, he studied fiqh (islamic jurisprudence) next to Ahmad ibn Muhammad Rādkānī and Abu'l Qāsim Jurjānī. Approximately after 7 years of studying, he returned to Tus.
when he was almost 23 years old, he became the student of the famous muslim scholar Abu'l Ma'ālī Juwaynī, known as Imam al-Haramayn. After the death of Al-Juwayni in 1085, Al-Ghazālī was invited to go to the court of Nizamul Mulk Tusi, the powerful vizier of the Seljuq sultans. The vizier was so impressed by Al-Ghazali's scholarship that in 1091 he appointed him as chief professor in the Nizamiyya of Baghdad.
He passed through a spiritual crisis in 1095 and abandoned his career and left Baghdad on the pretext of going on pilgrimage to Mecca. Making arrangements for his family, he disposed of his wealth and adopted the life of a poor Sufi. After some time in Damascus and Jerusalem, with a visit to Medina and Mecca in 1096, he settled in Tus to spend the next several years in seclusion. He ended his seclusion for a short lecturing period at the Nizamiyyah of Nishapur in 1106. Later he returned to Tus where he remained until his death in December, 1111. He had one son named Abdu'l Rahman Allam.
Briefly that is his life.. and this is supposed to be his pictureA good link
to read about him.
Here is the PDF link of his book "Incoherence of the Philosophers"
and this is the web site on him