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A Glimpse of Sufism from the Circle of Ibn Taymiyya

An Edition and Translation of al-Baʿlabakkī’s (d. 734/1333) Epistle on the Spiritual Way (Risālat al-Sulūk)

Arjan Post

This article provides yet another testament to the reality that some form of Sufism existed amidst the circle of students and followers of Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328). Based on a unique manuscript from Damascus, presented here for the first time is an Arabic edition and English translation of Risālat al-sulūk (Epistle on the Spiritual Way) by al-Baʿlabakkī (d. 734/1333), a Ḥanbalite student of Ibn Taymiyya who was also trained in the Sufi way. This is preceded by a study that sheds light on al-Baʿlabakkī’s intellectual context, which is primarily concerned with the place of Sufism in Ibn Taymiyya’s circle. The article then proceeds with a biography of al-Baʿlabakkī, followed by some relevant notes on the manuscript of Risālat al-sulūk and its edition and translation.

10 Withholding Judgment on Islamic Universalism

Ibn al-Wazīr (d. 840/1436) on the Duration and Purpose of Hell-Fire


Jon Hoover

11 Ismaʿili-Shiʿi Visions of Hell

From the “Spiritual” Torment of the Fāṭimids to the Ṭayyibī Rock of Sijjīn


Daniel De Smet

12 The Morisco Hell

The Significance and Relevance of the Aljamiado Texts for Muslim Eschatology and Islamic Literature


Roberto Tottoli

13 Curse Signs

The Artful Rhetoric of Hell in Safavid Iran


Christiane Gruber

14 Literature and Religious Controversy

The Vision of Hell in Jamīl Ṣidqī al-Zahāwī’s Thawra fī l-jaḥīm


Richard van Leeuwen

3 From Space to Place

The Quranic Infernalization of the Jinn


Simon O’Meara