‘Alā’ al-Dawla al-Simnānī Between Spiritual Authority and Political Power: A Persian Lord and Intellectual in the Heart of the Ilkhanate

With a Critical Edition of al-Wārid alšārid al-ṭārid šubhat al-mārid and its Persian version Zayn al-mu‘taqad li-zayn al-mu‘taqid

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In ʿAlāʾ al-Dawla al-Simnānī between Spiritual Authority and Political Power: A Persian Lord and Intellectual in the Heart of the Ilkhanate, Giovanni Maria Martini investigates the personality of a major figure in the socio-political and cultural landscape of Mongol Iran. In pursuing this objective, the author follows parallel paths: Chapter 1 provides the most updated reconstruction of Simnānī’s (d. 736/1336) biography, which, thanks to its unique features, emerges as a cross-section of Iranian society and as a microhistory of the complex relationships between a Sufi master, Persian elites and Mongol rulers during the Ilkhanid period; Chapter 2 contains a study on the phenomenon of Arabic-Persian diglossia in Simnānī’s written work, arguing for its socio-religious function; in Chapters 3 to 6 the critical editions of two important, interrelated treatises by Simnānī are presented; finally, Chapter 7 offers the first full-length annotated translation of a long work by Simnānī ever to appear in a Western language.
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Biographical Note

Giovanni Maria Martini, D.Phil. (2014), Università di Napoli L’Orientale, is post-doctoral fellow at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and previous research officer at the University of Oxford. His research interests include History of Medieval Sufism and Hermetic and Religious Literature in the Muslim World.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction
 Simnānī and the Kubrawiyya
 The Criticism of Ibn ʿArabī
 The Current State of Research
 Organization and Objectives of this Book

1 Simnānī’s Biography: A Window into Iranian Society under the Ilkhanids
 Background
 Youth
 Metanoia
 The Return to Simnān
 The Meeting with Šaraf al-Dīn al-Ḥanawayh
 The Departure to Baghdad and Imprisonment at the Court of Arġūn
 Back to Simnān. The Trips to Iraq and the Ḥiǧāz
 Ṣūfīābād Ḫudādād: Simnānī’s Own Dār al-Hiǧra in the Heart of the Ilkhanate
 Mastery, Advanced Years and Death

2 The Relationship between al-Wārid al-šārid al-ṭārid šubhat al-mārid and the Zayn al-muʿtaqad li-zayn al-muʿtaqid
  Introductory Remarks
  Background
  Section One: Descriptive Analysis of the Differences between al-Wārid and the Zayn
  Section Two: The Dynamics of Translation: Audiences, Authorship and Divine Inspiration in the Composition of al-Wārid and the Zayn
  Section Three: Observations on the Structure of Some of Simnānī’s Most Relevant Works
  Section Four: Observations on the Persian Translation of the ʿUrwa li-ahl al-ḫalwa wa al-ǧalwa

3 The Method Used in the Preparation of the Critical Edition of al-Wārid al-šārid al-ṭārid šubhat al-mārid
 Foreword
  Description of the Manuscripts
  Analysis of the Evidence Useful for the Reconstruction of the Stemma Codicum and Related Hypotheses
  Stemma Codicum

4 Established Text of al-Wārid al-šārid al-ṭārid šubhat al-mārid

5 The Method Used in the Preparation of the Critical Edition of the Zayn al-muʿtaqad li-zayn al-muʿtaqid
 Foreword
  A Note on Transcription
  Description of the Manuscripts
  Analysis of the Evidence Useful for the Reconstruction of the Stemma Codicum and Related Hypotheses
  Stemma Codicum

6 Established Text of the Zayn al-muʿtaqad li-zayn al-muʿtaqid

7 The Inspiration Refuting the Rebel’s Sophistry (Translation of al-Wārid al-šārid al-ṭārid šubhat al-mārid)
  A Note on the Translation
  The Inspiration Refuting The Rebel’s Sophistry

Appendix:Supplement to the Catalogue of Simnānī’s Written Works
Bibliography
Index

Readership

All interested in Sufism and anyone concerned with the History of Iran in the Mongol period.

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