Islamic Mysticism and Abū Ṭālib Al-Makkī: The Role of the Heart

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Routledge, 2013 - Religion - 196 pages
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Both in everyday language and religious metaphor, the heart often embodies the true self and is considered to be the seat of emotion in many cultures. Many Muslim thinkers have attempted to clarify the nature of Sufism using its metaphorical image, particularly in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

This book examines the work of Abū Tālib al-Makkī and his wider significance within the Sufi tradition, with a focus on the role of the heart. Analysing his most significant work, Qūt al-qulūb('The Nourishment of Hearts'), the author goes beyond an examination of the themes of the book to explore its influence not only in the writing of Sufis, but also of Hanbalī and Jewish scholars.

Providing a comprehensive overview of the world of al-Makkī and presenting extracts from his book on religious characteristics of the heart with selected passages in translation for the first time in English, this book will give readers a better understanding not only of the essential features of Sufism, but also the nature of mysticism and its relation to monotheistic faiths.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
His Life Intellectual Formation and Scholarship
12
Its Religious Context Contents and Sources
29
3 Summary of Section 30 of the Qut with Commentary and Selected Passages in Translation Part 1
46
4 Summary of Section 30 of the Qut with Commentary and Selected Passages in Translation Part 2
66
5 Contemporaries of AlMakki
85
6 The Influence of AlMakki Part 1
95
7 The Influence of AlMakki Part 2
126
8 IBN Baquda and AlHidaya Ila FaraI AlQulub
145
A MuslimJewish Dialogue?
160
Conclusion
174
Select Bibliography
177
Index
192
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Saeko Yazaki (PhD, Edin.) is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on mysticism and epistemology of religion, the Judaeo-Islamic tradition, and their continuing relevance to the present. She is also pursuing comparative study of monotheistic and non-monotheistic faiths.

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