A Treatise on Mystical Love
The earliest major Islamic treatise on mystical love, this work reflects a moderate version of the ecstatic mysticism of the Sufi martyr al-Hallaj. Writing around 1000 C.E., the author summarizes the views of lexicographers, belletrists, philosophers, physicians, theologians, and mystics on love, providing much information that would otherwise have been lost. In setting forth his own opinions he relies heavily on erotic poetry with accompanying frame stories from the Umayyad and early Abbasid periods, Sufi biography, the lives of the prophets, and personal information.
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Manuscript title page in English
On the Classification of Love according to
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Abu Bakr Abu cAbd Allah Abu Nucaym Abu SacTd afflicted Ahmad al-DaylamT al-Hallaj al-Junayd al-MascudT al-Tabari alif answered Arabic Aristotle attributes Baghdad beauty Bedouin beloved Buwayhids cA1T caliph cAlT cAmr cAtf cishq cited cUmar cUthman death divine edition eros essence faith God's love hadith Hanbalite heard heart Hilya hold that love hubb ibid Ibn AbT Ibn al-JawzT Ibn Dawud Ibn HafTf aS-STrazT Ibn KhafTf Ibn Qayyim Ibn Qayyim al-JawzTya intellect Kitab Koran Kuthayyir Layla Lord Louis Massignon Love Theory lover mahabba manifest manuscript Massignon meaning mentioned Messenger Muhammad Muruj Muslim mystical natural love nisba opinion origin Palladius passage passion perhaps preeternity Prophet Qays Rawda recited replied Ruzbihan Section Sezgin Shadd al-izar Sharh-i shathiyat Shiite Shiraz Sirat Sobieroj someone soul spirit story Sufis Sulayman Ta'rikh Tabaqat teacher thee things tion trans translation Vadet verb verses word Zahirite