Muhammad Al-Ghazaali started the chapter about abrogation in his acclaimed book نظرات في القرآن, page 194, with these words (my translation),
"Are there verses in the Quran whose rulings have been annulled, remaining in the bound volume for memorandum and history, as they say, recited in the hope of getting the reward for recitation only, and looked at like precious artifacts in museums
, kept there only to record their era but have no impact on the present or the future?"
Do you get the feeling that he does not approve of the abrogation doctrine? LOL.
In the next page, he strongly criticizes those who opined that the sword verse
has abrogated all other verses which specify how to deal with non-Muslims! He says that such claim is "an amazing dare
against the Revelation!" He adds, "That interpretation, in addition to being wrong, is unjust to the Quran and a prejudice against its robust course of dealing with various classes of humanity."
He wrote the first edition of this book in 1958, making him one of the earliest renowned scholars who opposed the abrogation doctrine.