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Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness (2004)

Exploring the life and impact of the greatest spiritual and legal philosopher in Islamic history, this film examines Ghazali's existential crisis of faith that arose from his rejection of ... See full summary »
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Exploring the life and impact of the greatest spiritual and legal philosopher in Islamic history, this film examines Ghazali's existential crisis of faith that arose from his rejection of religious dogmatism, and reveals profound parallels with our own times. Ghazali became known as the Proof of Islam and his path of love and spiritual excellence overcame the pitfalls of the organised religion of his day. His path was largely abandoned by early 20th century Muslim reformers for the more strident and less tolerant school of Ibn Taymiyya. Combining drama with documentary, this film argues that Ghazali's Islam is the antidote for today's terror. Written by Abdul Latif Salazar

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Ал-Газали: Алхимикът на щастието  »

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It's one-of-a-kind! - comment by Persian-speaker
25 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

As a Persian speaker it truly enjoyed Salazar's masterful portrayal of Ghazali. Managing to portray the Persian spirit with his magnificent camera-work (the graveyard scene) and a captivating plot (Ghazali's life), Salazar presents us with a wonderful drama documentary. I was also very impressed by the high level of the Persian that was spoken, which authentically reflects the Persian of Al Ghazali's time. Salazar's pick of Iranian actors is also very impressive, who all do a very good job. The costumes were also well made, and I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who wishes to taste the flavour of Oriental mystery.


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