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The Sufi Doctrine of Man

Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī's Metaphysical Anthropology


Richard Todd

In The Sufi Doctrine of Man, Richard Todd examines the life and thought of Ibn 'Arabī's chief disciple, Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī (13th century C.E.). Making use of manuscript sources, he analyzes and contextualizes Qūnawī's esoteric vision of the nature and purpose of human existence, a doctrine which incorporates core elements of Qūnawī's metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, and eschatology. Qūnawī's thought is placed in relation to Ibn 'Arabī's and that of the Ikhwān al-Ṣafā', and his interaction with the Avicennian tradition is explored by focusing on his dialogue with the philosopher al-Ṭūsī. Although not as famous as his master, Qūnawī is shown to have been a sophisticated metaphysician in his own right, who had a major impact on Sufi thought.


Eren Tasar

qualitative data concerning Muslim life in the region. In an irony of fate, the Council’s bureaucrats—almost all of them Communist functionaries—have bequeathed to historians a unique body of documentation for the study of Islam, albeit one harboring methodological limitations and challenges. Sufism in Soviet

Pieter Coppens

claim be upheld that tafsīr functions as a ‘window’ to the intellectual tradition, culture and mentality of a certain period and region? Is it workable for a researcher of Islamic intellectual history to only focus on tafsīr ? And does the methodology of focusing on a comparative reading of

The Ottoman Middle East

Studies in Honor of Amnon Cohen


Edited by Eyal Ginio and Elie Podeh

This collection of articles discusses various political, social, cultural and economic aspects of the Ottoman Middle East. By using various textual and visual documents, produced in the Ottoman Empire, the collection offers new insights into the matrix of life during the long period of Ottoman rule. The different parts of the volume explore the main topics studied by Amnon Cohen: Ottoman Palestine, Egypt and the Fertile Crescent under Ottoman rule, Ottoman Jews and their relations with the surrounding societies and various social aspects of Ottoman societies.

Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia

Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society


Ines Aščerić-Todd

In Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia, Ines Aščerić-Todd explores the involvement of Sufi orders in the formation of Muslim society in the first two centuries of Ottoman rule in Bosnia (15th - 16th centuries C.E.). Using a wide range of primary sources, Aščerić-Todd shows that Sufi traditions and the activities of dervish orders were at the heart of the religious, cultural, socio-economic and political dynamics in Bosnia in the period which witnessed the emergence of Bosnian Muslim society and the most intensive phase of conversions of the Bosnian population to Islam. In the process, she also challenges some of the established views regarding Ottoman guilds and the subject of futuwwa (Sufi code of honour).


Shahzad Bashir

hagiographical texts; and 4. Hagiography as a genre that encompasses the relevant material as a distinctive literary phenomenon. These four elements represent a methodological categorization for analytical purposes: I intend them as elements of a map used to make sense of a territory rather than a claim about


Devin DeWeese

methodological tools even to notice, let alone to analyze or understand, the social and religious phenomena that might fall into the category of ‘Sufism.’ Sovietology’s shortcomings in this regard are even more evident when we keep in mind al-Būshanjī’s ‘disconnect’ between the name and the reality of ‘Sufism

Sharīʿa and the Islamic State in 19th-Century Sudan

The Mahdī’s Legal Methodology and Doctrine


Aharon Layish

The Sudanese Mahdī headed a millenarian, revivalist, reformist movement in Islam, strongly inspired by Salafī and Ṣūfī ideas, in late 19th century in an attempt to restore the Caliphate of the Prophet and “Righteous Caliphs” in Medina. As the “Successor of the Prophet”, the Mahdī was conceived of as the political head of the Islamic state and its supreme religious authority. On the basis of his legal opinions, decisions, proclamations and “traditions” attributed to him, an attempt is made to reconstruct his legal methodology consisting of the Qurʾān, sunna, and inspiration ( ilhām) derived from the Prophet and God, its origins, and its impact on Islamic legal doctrine, and to assess his “legislation” as an instrument to promote his political, social and moralistic agenda.

Omar Edaibat

Sharīʿa is Eric Winkel’s Islam and the Living Law . 6 While the work serves as a good introductory foray into the study of the Shaykh’s legal thought, it is by no means a systematic scholarly treatment of his contribution to the fields of legal methodology ( uṣūl ) 7 or substantive law (furūʿ