Shāh Walī Allāh of Delhi's Hujjat Allāh Al-bāligha

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BRILL, 1996 - Social Science - 506 pages
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The Conclusive Argument from God is the master work of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi (1762), considered to be the most important Muslim thinker of pre-modern South Asia. This work, originally written in Arabic, represents a synthesis of the Islamic intellectual disciplines authoritative in the eighteenth century.
In order to argue for the rational, ethical and spiritual basis for the implementation of the hadith injunctions of the Prophet Muhammad, Shah Wali Allah develops a cohesive schema of the metaphysical, psychological, and social knowledge of his time.
This work provides an extensive and detailed picture of Muslim theology and interpretive strategies on the eve of the modern period and is still evoked by numerous contemporary Islamic movements.
  

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Contents

Shah Wall Allahs Introduction
11
The Causes
31
The World of Images Alam alMithdl
37
The Highest Council
43
Gods Customary Way of Acting
49
The Inner Dimension of the Imposition of Religious
57
Why Religious Obligation Necessitates Requital
69
The Causes of the Thoughts Which Motivate
78
The Way of Removing These Veils
168
Concerning the True Nature of Piety
173
Concerning the True Nature of Associationism Shirk
179
Belief in the Divine Attributes
190
Belief in Predestination
197
Belief that Worship is the Right of God
203
Honoring the Emblems of Allah
210
The Inner Dimensions of Prayer
218

The Connection of Actions to Psychological
84
The Manner of Requital during Life and after Death
91
Punishment for Acts in This Life
93
The True Nature of Death
97
The Variation of the States of People in the Intermediary World
101
Concerning Some of the Secrets of the Events of the Day of Assembly
106
The Supports of Civilization The Irtifaqdt
113
The Manner of Discovering the Irtifaqat
115
The First Irtifdq
119
The Art of the Proper Manner of Livelihood The Second Irtifaq
121
The Management of the Household
123
The Art of Economic Transactions Muamalat
127
The Governing of the CityState the Third Irtifaq
129
The Conduct of Kings
132
The Policy towards Assistants
134
The Fourth Irtifaq the Caliphate
137
The Agreement of People on the Principles of the Irtifaqat
140
The Conventions Current Among People
142
Human Felicity
145
Concerning the True Nature of Felicity
147
The Differences among People in Felicity
151
The Divisions among People in their Manner of Obtaining This Felicity
153
The Principles to Which the Attainment of the Second Way Goes Back
156
The Way of Acquiring These Qualities
161
The Veils Preventing the Manifestation of the Sound Original Nature Fitra
165
The Inner Dimensions of the Fast
224
The Ranks of Sin
232
The Acts of Disobedience of a Person which
238
The Need for the Guides to the Paths and
247
The Explanation of the Fact that the Basis
257
The Causes for Being Held Accountable for
271
The Beneficial Interests Masdlih which Require
280
The Inner Meanings of the Appointed Times
287
The Inner Meanings of Making Up Qada
299
Rules which Bring into Effect Other Rules
310
Rendering the Ambiguous Precise Solving
316
The Facilitation of Religious Duties Taislr
322
The Ranks of the Community with Regard
334
The Need for a Religion which Abrogates
340
Fortifying the Religion Against Distortion
346
The Causes for the Differing of the Religion
353
The Explanation of What Had Been the Condition
361
The Difference Between the Beneficial Purposes
376
The Manner of Understanding What is Meant by
396
The Causes of the Disagreement of the Companions
414
The Causes for Disagreement Among the Schools
427
An Account of the Condition of People Before
451
Bibliography
479
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About the author (1996)

Marcia K. Hermansen, Ph.D. (1982) in Islamic Studies, University of Chicago, is Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has published numerous articles on classical Islamic thought, mysticism, Islam in South Asia, Muslims in North America, and other topics.