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