Beyond Death: The Mystical Teachings of ʻAyn Al-Quḍāt Al-Hamadhānī
The Twelfth-Century Iranian Mystic `Ayn al-Qudat al-Hamadhani (d. 1131) wrote vividly of his explorations of death as a state of consciousness, which he experienced while alive. This state and his visions of Doomsday and the innumerable non-corporeal worlds that lie past the world of matter confront him with paradoxical realties that upset the notional understanding of faith. The present book concerns itself with a discussion on the subject of death as it is viewed by one of the defining mystic scholars of medieval Iran. Based on medieval manuscripts and primary sources in classical Persian and Arabic, this book explores the significance of this important Iranian mystic and his insights on the nature of reality in light of death.
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Chapter OneʿAyn alQuāts Life Heritage and Heresy
Chapter TwoLonging for the Homeland
Chapter ThreeDeath and Visions of the Unseen
Chapter FourAppearance and Reality
Chapter FiveThe Legacy of Ayn alQudat
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Abd el-Jalil Abū Abu Sa'id al-aāʾif al-Bīrūnī al-Dīn allāj Amad Ghazzālī annihilation Arabic Avicenna Ayn al-Qudat ayy ibn Yaqān Baghdād Bakk beauty beloved body Carl Ernst chapter Chishtī commentary consciousness context creation dhikr disciple divine Doomsday edited execution exile experience faith fanāʾ ghayb Ghazzali Gīsūdarāz gnosis God’s attributes Hamadhān heart heaven henceforth cited Henry Corbin homeland Ibid identifies imām India inner sight Islam journey knowledge Kubrā letter light of Muammad Louis Massignon lover Maktūbāt manifest manuscript Mawdūd means medieval metaphor Muammad Munzavī Muslim mysteries mystical death one’s path perceives perception Persian Plato prayer Qurʾān Rāzī reality realm Recital refers relationship Saljūq samāʿ Satan scholars Shakwā al-Gharīb Shar-i Shaykh soul spiritual stage Sufi Sufism Suhrawardī Tamhīdāt teacher teachings Tehran translated treatise truth Umm al-a āʾif understanding verse visionary visions vizir wayfarer writing Zubdat al-aqāʾiq ʿAlī ʿAyn al-Quāt describes ʿAyn al-Quāt explains ʿImād ʿUsayrān