The Passion of Al-Hallaj: Mystic and Martyr of Islam

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Princeton University Press, Jul 25, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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Abridged from the four-volume The Passion of al-Hallaj, one of the major works of Western orientalism, this book explores the life and teaching of a famous tenth-century Sufi mystic and martyr, and in so doing describes not only his experience but also the whole milieu of early Islamic civilization. Louis Massignon (1883-1962), France's most celebrated Islamic specialist in this century and a leading Catholic intellectual, wrote of a man who was for him a personal inspiration.


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Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
24
CHAPTER THREE
72
Ill The Other Regions Traveled Through
89
Bukhara Samarqand
95
The Social Expression of Hallajs Vocation and His Contacts
101
The IMSt Hajj of Hallaj andthe Waqta oj rafat
114
Public Preaching in Baghdad
132
CHAPTER FIVE
157
The DefinitionoZandaqa a Heresy Threatening the Security
177
CHAPTER
208
w The Eight Years of Waiting
219
The Second Trial 308921 to 309922
227
CHAPTER SEVEN
280
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About the author (1994)

Herbert Mason is University Professor of History and Religion at Boston University.

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