Islamic Thought and the Art of Translation

Texts and Studies in Honor of William C. Chittick and Sachiko Murata


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Islamic Thought and the Art of Translation honors two of the most beloved and productive scholars in the field of Islamic Studies, Professors William Chittick and Sachiko Murata. For the past five decades, in over 40 books (monographs, editions, translations, edited volumes) and more than 300 articles, Professors Chittick and Murata have presented us with philologically sound and analytically rigorous expositions of the pre-modern Islamic intellectual tradition, particularly in the areas of Sufism and philosophy. They have done so primarily by zeroing in on the technical vocabularies of Arabic, Persian, and Chinese texts in these disciplines, demonstrating just how important careful reading and responsible translation methods are to the study of pre-modern worldviews.

Contributors: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Masoud Ariankhoo, Mohammed Rustom, Kazuyo Murata, Ali Karjoo-Ravary, Shankar Nair, Maria Massi Dakake, Gregory Vandamme, Alireza Pharaa, Justin Cancelliere, Matthew Melvin-Koushki, Marlene DuBois, Naser Dumairieh, Omar Edaibat, Oludamini Ogunnaike, Khalil Andani, Davlat Dadikhuda, Rosabel Ansari, Muhammad U. Faruque, Sayeh Meisami, Cyrus Ali Zargar, Alireza Asghari, Amer Latif, Mukhtar H. Ali, Laury Silvers, Mohammed Mehdi Ali, Tahera Qutbuddin, Yousef Casewit, and Atif Khalil.

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Mohammed Rustom, Ph.D. (2009), University of Toronto, is Professor of Islamic Thought at Carleton University and Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam. His most recent book is entitled Inrushes of the Heart: The Sufi Philosophy of ʿAyn al-Quḍāt (SUNY Press, 2023).
"This massive book is a fitting tribute to William Chittick and Sachiko Murata, and the papers contained therein are all written in the best traditions of modern, academic, critical textual, and philological scholarship." – Reviewer A

"The essays featured in this meticulously edited volume are original and impressive pieces of scholarship that faithfully recapitulate the vast spectrum of research areas covered by Murata and Chittick." – Reviewer B
Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
List of Figures
Notes on the Contributors
Books by William C. Chittick and Sachiko Murata

Part 1 Sufism in Persianate Contexts

1 ʿAyn al-Quḍāt’s Tamhīdāt: An Ocean of Sufi Metaphysics in Persian
Masoud Ariankhoo and Mohammed Rustom

2 The Life of the Breath of Life in Rūmī
Kazuyo Murata

3 Mirrors in the Dream of the Alone: A Glimpse at the Poetry of Bīdil
Ali Karjoo-Ravary

4 Sufi Gleams of Sanskrit Light
Shankar Nair

5 Re-reading the Quranic Maryam as a Mystic in Nuṣrat Amīn’s Makhzan-i ʿirfān
Maria Massi Dakake

Part 2 The Akbarian Tradition

6 Some Notes on Ibn ʿArabī’s Correlative Prophetology
Gregory Vandamme

7 Beautiful-Doing (iḥsān) as the Station of No Station (maqām lā maqām) and the Genesis of the Perfect Human (al-insān al-kāmil)
Alireza Pharaa

8 Fear, Deeds, and the Roots of Human Difference: A Divine Breath from al-Qūnawī’s Nafaḥāt
Justin Cancelliere

9 Being with a Capital B: Ibn Turka on Ibn ʿArabī’s Lettrist Cosmogony
Matthew Melvin-Koushki

10 Jāmī and the Wine of Love: Akbarian Sparks of Divine Light
Marlene DuBois

11 Al-Qushāshī and al-Kūrānī on the Unity of God’s Attributes (waḥdat al-ṣifāt)
Naser Dumairieh

12 The Akbarian Tradition in Hadhramawt: The Intellectual Legacy of Shaykh Abū Bakr b. Sālim
Omar Edaibat

13 A Sufi Vocabulary from the Sokoto Caliphate: Shaykh Dan Tafa’s Poem on Sufi Nomenclature (al-Manẓūma lil-iṣṭilāḥ al-ṣūfiyya)
Oludamini Ogunnaike

Part 3 Islamic Philosophy and Cosmology

14 Neoplatonic Prayer: The Ismaʿili Hermeneutics of ṣalāt according to al-Sijistānī and Nāṣir-i Khusraw
Khalil Andani

15 The Necessity of the Return (al-maʿād): Avicenna on the Posthumous States of the Human Soul in Aḍḥawiyya 6–7
Davlat Dadikhuda

16 Greek Philosophy and Sufism in Mecdi’s Ottoman Turkish Gardens of Peonies
Rosabel Ansari

17 Sufism and Philosophy in the Mughal-Safavid Era: Shāh Walī Allāh and the End of Selfhood
Muhammad U. Faruque

18 Light/Darkness Dualism and Islamic Metaphysics in Persianate Context
Sayeh Meisami

19 Asad Allāh Qazwīnī’s Cosmology of the ahl al-bayt: A Study and Critical Edition of Kitāb-i Walāyat-i muṭlaqa
Cyrus Ali Zargar and Alireza Asghari

Part 4 Hermeneutics and Cross-Cultural Translation

20 Observations on Embodiment and Cross-Cultural Translation
Amer Latif

21 Translating Islamic Metaphysical Texts: Some Reflections on Knowledge Transmission
Mukhtar H. Ali

22 Historical Imagination: Voicing Silences in Early Sufi Texts through Narrative
Laury Silvers

23 The Tao of maʿrifa: Adam’s Encounter with Hell in Paradise
Mohammed Mehdi Ali

24 A Supplication for God’s Mercy on the Day of ʿArafa by the Fatimid Chief dāʿī al-Muʾayyad al-Shīrāzī
Tahera Qutbuddin

25 Made in God’s Image: A Contemporary Sufi Commentary on Sūrat al-Insān (Q 76) by the Moroccan Shaykh Mohamed Faouzi al-Karkari
Yousef Casewit

26 Remembering Toshihiko Izutsu: Linguist, Islamicist, Philosopher
Atif Khalil

Index of Names and Terms
Students and scholars of Sufi literature, Persianate Islam, Islamic philosophy, Islamic cosmology, cross-cultural philosophy, philosophy of religion, and translation theory.
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