Introduction 1. The Abbasid Crucible: The Historical Background to al-Muhasibi's Life 2. Master of the Wayfarers: The Life of al-Harith al-Muhasibi 3. The Wayfarer's Legacy: The Works of al-Harith al-Muhasibi 4. Purification of the Soul: The Concept of Tazkiyat al-Nafs in Islam 5. Purification of the Soul in the Formative Period: Al-Muhasibi's Methodology of Tazkiyat al-Nafs. Conclusion
Gavin Picken is Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the evolution of Islamic intellectual history in the formative period and he has published a number of articles in the areas of Islamic jurisprudence, theology, and Islamic spirituality and mysticism.