This translation of the eleventh chapter of "The Revival of Religious Sciences" begins the section dealing with man and society and focuses on the manners relating to eating. Firstly, al-Ghazali discusses what a person must uphold when eating by himself: that the food is lawful, that both the person and the surroundings should be clean, that one must be content with what is available and how the person should conduct himself while eating and after eating. Al-Ghazali then proceeds to discuss eating in company and says that to all the above should be added the necessity of courtesy, conversation and the proper presentation of food. Finally, al-Ghazali expounds the virtues of hospitality and generosity and the conduct of the host as well as that of the guest. Other topics that are discussed are: abstention from food, fasting and general health.
Table of Contents
1. What is Necessary for a Person Eating Alone; 2. Additional Manners of Eating When in Company; 3. Manners to Be Adopted when Presenting Food to Visiting Brethren; 4. The Manners of Hospitality; 5. A Section Combining Miscellaneous Good Manners and Legal Prohibitions; Notes; Appendix: Persons cited in text; Index to Qur'anic quotations; Bibliography; General Index.
The translator of this book is Denys Johnson-Davies. He is a well-known translator having published more than twenty-five volumes of short stories. He is the joint translator of 'Forty Hadith' and 'Forty Hadith Qudsi'.