Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light: Wang Tai-yu's Great Learning of the Pure and Real and Liu Chih's Displaying the Concealment of the Real Realm. With a New Translation of Jami's Lawa'ih from the Persian by William C. Chittick
Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light investigates, for the first time in a Western language, the manner in which the Muslim scholars of China adapted the Chinese tradition to their own needs during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The book surveys the 1400-year history of Islam in China and explores why the four books translated from Islamic languages into Chinese before the twentieth century were all Persian Sufi texts. The author also looks carefully at the two most important Muslim authors of books in the Chinese language, Wang Tai-yŁ and Liu Chih. Murata shows how they assimilated Confucian social teachings and Neo-Confucian metaphysics, as well as Buddhism and Taoism, into Islamic thought. She presents full translations of Wang’s Great Learning of the Pure and Real—a text on the principles of Islam—and Liu Chih’s Displaying the Concealment of the Real Realm, which in turn is a translation from Persian of Lawaμ
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al-Din Arabic attributes bear witness beauty become manifest beginning body Buddhist called Ch'en Ch'ing-chen CHAPTER Cheng-chiao Chih's China Chinese Islam Chinese Muslims Chinese ulama Chittick Chu Hsi Classic says clear virtue Confucian differentiation discussion Displaying the Concealment divine endeavor entification entities Essence everything evil external faith Farghani fountainhead function Fusus GLEAM God's hadith heart heaven and earth hidden Ibn al-'Arabi images Islam in China Islamic teachings Jami Jami's knowledge Koran Lawa'ih Learning Liu Chih means Mencius movement and quietude Muhammad names Naqshbandi Neo-Confucian Non-Ultimate nonbeing Nonmanifest Numerical obstruction original perfect Persian philosophical principle Pure and Real Real Commentary Real Lord Real Realm real solicitude reality righteousness root nature scholars self-disclosure Shahadah Shariah Source Book spirit substance Sufi Path Sufism Taoist taproot tawhid Tazaka thousand things tion tradition transformation translation True Teaching universe Utmost Sage vital-energy Wang Tai-yii Wang's Wing-tsit Chan word writings
Page 10 - From the Son of Heaven down to the common people, all must regard cultivation of the personal life as the root or foundation. There is never a case when the root is in disorder and yet the branches are in order. 9