Abū Ḥafṣ ʿUmar al-Suhrawardī (1145-1234) is the author of a classic work of Muslim piety, a key figure in the rise of institutional Sufism in the form of “orders” called “ṭarīqas,” and the influential eponym of one of these famous orders. This book presents studies, editions, and English translations of his shorter treatises that were originally penned in Arabic and Persian. Relying on global archival research, the book discovers materials that shed new light on his teachings and networks, as it traces the context, sources, and reception of his works. Carefully identifying the authentic works of ʿUmar al-Suhrawardī, the book presents significant new information on a key moment in the history of Muslim piety and mysticism.
Aydogan Kars, Ph.D. (2016) is a Lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne. His first book, Unsaying God: Negative Theology in Medieval Islam was awarded a Special Mention of Excellence for the 2019 Alberigo Award by the European Academy of Religion.
Ashkan Bahrani is PhD candidate of religious studies in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His main field of research is premodern Sufism as well as method and theory in the study of religion.
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1 Nisbat al-Ṣuḥba: al-Suhrawardī’s Mentors in Sufism 1 Introduction: Genealogies of al-Suhrawardī 2 Companionship and the Genealogies of al-Suhrawardī 3 Notes on the Edition 4 Arabic Edition and English Translation of Nisbat al-Ṣuḥba 5 Analysis: The Immediate Masters of ʿUmar al-Suhrawardī in the Genealogy 6 Reconstruction of ʿUmar al-Suhrawardī’s Training and Travels 7 Abū al-Najīb al-Suhrawardī’s Genealogy of Companionship 8 Conclusion
2 Irshād al-Murīdīn wa Injād al-Ṭālibīn 1 Introduction 2 Irshād al-Murīdīn: What Is in a Title? 3 Reception 4 Technical Observations and Edition Information 5 Arabic Critical Edition of Irshād al-Murīdīn 6 English Translation of Irshād al-Murīdīn: Chapters on the Attire and Travel
3 Risālat al-Sayr wa-l-Ṭayr 1 Introduction: Majd al-Dīn al-Baghdādī and al-Suhrawardī 2 Reception 3 Sources 4 Notes on the Arabic Edition and the Manuscripts: Risālat al-Sayr wa-l-Ṭayr and Risāla fī-l-Sulūk 5 Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Risālat al-Sayr wa-l-Ṭayr 6 The Persian Text of Risālat al-Sayr wa-l-Ṭayr in MS Fazıl Ahmed Paşa 1589
4 Al-Lawāmiʿ al-Ghaybiyya fī-l-Rūḥ 1 Introduction 2 Debates on the Spirit in Thirteenth Century Central Asian Sufism 3 Gender, Familial and Ontological Hierarchies 4 Notes on the Manuscripts and the Edition 5 Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of al-Lawāmiʿ al-Ghaybiyya 6 Persian Text of al-Lawāmiʿ al-Ghaybiyya
5 Risāla fī-l-Ghināʾ wa-l-Faqr 1 Introduction 2 Poverty and Affluence 3 Reception 4 Notes on the Edition 5 Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Risāla fī-l-Ghināʾ wa-l-Faqr
6 Risāla dar Kār-i Murīd 1 Introduction 2 Persian Text and English Translation of Risāla dar Kār-i Murīd
7 Futūḥāt 1 Introduction 2 Transmission 3 Notes on the Manuscripts and the Edition 4 Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of the Futūḥāt
8 Ṣifat-i Khalvat va Ādāb-i Ān 1 Introduction 2 Notes on the Edition and the Manuscripts of Ṣifat-i Khalvat 3 Persian Critical Edition and English Translation of Ṣifat-i Khalvat va Ādāb-i Ān 4 Turkish Text of Ṣifat-i Khalvat va Ādāb-i Ān in MS Hacı Selim Ağa
9 Risāla ilā Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī 1 Introduction 2 Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Risāla ilā Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī
10 Sharḥ al-Faqr 1 Introduction: Abū ʿAmr ʿUthmān al-Abharī and al-Suhrawardī 2 Arabic Critical Edition of Sharḥ al-Faqr
11 Risāla dar Tavba 1 Introduction 2 Persian Text and an English Translation of Risāla dar Tavba
12 Ijāza ilā Zakariyyāʾ al-Multānī 1 Introduction: Multān and the Transmission of the ʿAwārif al-Maʿārif 2 Bahāʾ al-Dīn Zakariyyāʾ al-Multānī 3 Arabic Text and an English Translation of Ijāza ilā Bahāʾ al-Dīn Zakariyyāʾ
13 Manuscript Information 1 Opera Suhrawardiana 2 Other Manuscripts
Illustrations Bibliography Index of Qurʾānic Verses Index of Persons General Index
All interested in Sufi studies. The book is written for Islamicists and readers of Arabic or Persian, but it is accessible to non-specialists through the English translations. The primary sources and their translations are given side-by-side, making the book a perfect teaching material in all university levels.