Infamies of the batinites and the virtues of the mustazhirites by Ghazali
Infamies of the batinites and the virtues of the mustazhirites
Being aTranslation of Fadiah al-Batinyah wa-
Fadail al-Mustazhariyah of al-Ghazzali with Translation and Annotation vy Richard J. McCarthy
This is the book to which Ghazali refers in the Munqidh, Para. 61 (Note 122).
I translate its title as The Infamies (Enormities) of the Batinites and the Virtues (Merits) of the Musta}hirites.
By the Mustazhirites Ghazali means the reigning Caliph, al-Mustazhir Billah, and his family.
He was Caliph from 478/1094 to 512/1118. The book was partially edited and translated by Goldziher in his Streitschrift des Gazali gegen die Batinijja-Sekte, Leiden, 1916.
He used a manuscript of the British Museum. The complete text (which is the basis of my translation) was edited by Dr. ‘Abdurrahman
Badawi, Cairo, 1964, who used the British Museum manuscript and another of the Qarawiyin Mosque in Fez (Morocco). Goldziher’s book contains a good deal of useful and interesting information.