Beyond Death: The Mystical Teachings of ʻAyn Al-Quḍāt Al-Hamadhānī

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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
Chapter SixSama
Ayn alQudat and Sama
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About the author (2010)

Firoozeh Papan-Matin, Ph.D. (2003) in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, has published extensively on topics in Persian literature and Islamic mysticism including "The Unveiling of Secrets" (Kashf al-Asr r): "The Visionary Autobiography of R zbih n al-Baql (A.D. 1128-1209)" (Brill, 2006).

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