The Alchemy of Happiness was written by Al-Ghazzali—a Persian theologian and philosopher. Upon its release, 'The Alchemy of Happiness' allowed Al Ghazzali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics. It thus offers many insights into traditional Muslim society.
'The Alchemy of Happiness' emphasized the importance of observing the ritual requirements of Islam, the actions that would lead to salvation, and avoidance of sin. Ghazzali finally won acceptance for Sufism in Islam, and his methods of argument and analysis powerfully impressed the scholars of the West, who imitated him extensively.
Chapter 1 : The Knowledge of Self
Chapter 2 : The Knowledge of God
Chapter 3 : The Knowledge of this World
Chapter 4 : The Knowledge of the Next World
Chapter 5 : Concerning Music and Dancing as Aids to the Religious Life
Chapter 6 : Concerning Self-Examination and the Recollection of God
Chapter 7 : Marriage as a Help or Hindrance to the Religious Life
Chapter 8 : The Love of God
About the Author:
Al-Ghazali (c.1056 1111) was one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. He was active at a time when Sunni theology had just passed through its consolidation and entered a period of intense challenges. He is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam. His writings have been regarded as the greatest in spirituality and have been, for centuries, the most read work after the Qur'an in the Muslim world.