Light upon Light: Essays in Islamic Thought and History in Honor of Gerhard Bowering

Light upon Light: Essays in Islamic Thought and History in Honor of Gerhard Bowering brings together studies that explore the richness of Islamic intellectual life in the pre-modern period. Leading scholars around the world present nineteen studies that explore diverse areas of Islamic Studies, in honor of a renowned scholar and teacher: Professor Dr. Gerhard Bowering (Yale University). The volume includes contributions in four main areas: (1) Quran and Early Islam; (2) Sufism, Shiʿism, and Esotericism; (3) Philosophy; (4) Literature and Culture. These areas reflect the enormous breadth of Professor Bowering’s contributions to the field over a lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and mentoring.

Contributors: Hussein Ali Abdulsater, Mushegh Asatryan, Shahzad Bashir, Jonathan Brockopp, Yousef Casewit, Jamal Elias, Janis Esots, Li Guo, Matthew Ingalls, Tariq Jaffer, Mareike Koertner, Joseph Lumbard, Matthew Melvin-Koushki, Mahan Mirza, Bilal Orfali, Gabriel Reynolds, Nada Saab, Amina Steinfels & Alexander Treiger.

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Jamal J. Elias is Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous publications on a broad range of subjects relevant to the medieval and modern Islamic world.

Bilal Orfali is Professor and Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He specializes in Arabic literature, Sufism, and Quranic Studies. He co-edits al-Abhath Journal and Brill’s book series Texts and Studies on the Qurʾān. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books on a broad range of subjects relevant to Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Preface
Publications by Gerhard Bowering
Notes on Contributors

PART 1
Quran and Early Islam

Scholarship and Folklore? A Comparison of the Earliest Sources: ʿUrwa b. al-Zubayr and Wahb b. al-Munabbih
(Mareike Koertner)

The Rise of Islam in a Judeo-Christian Context
(Jonathan Brockopp)

Biblical Turns of Phrase in the Quran
(Gabriel Said Reynolds)

The Interpretation of the Covenant Verse in Classical Imami Theology
(Hussein Ali Abdulsater)

Kitāb intizāʿāt al-Qurʾān al-ʿaẓīm: A Compendium of Quranic Quotations Attributed to the Fatimid Secretary Abū l-Qāsim ʿAlī Ibn al-Ṣayrafī (d. 542/1147)
(Bilal W. Orfali)


PART 2
Sufism, Shi’ism, and Esotericism

Risāla fī l-ṣifāt wa-ʿilm al-tawḥīd: A Sufī Treatise Attributed to Abū Saʿīd Aḥmad b. ʿĪsā al-Kharrāz (d. 286/899)
(Nada Saab)

Shiʿi Literature in the Late Ninth Century: Isḥāq al-Aḥmar al-Nakhaʿī (d. 286/899) and His Writings
(Mushegh Asatryan)

The Treatise on the Ascension (al-Risāla al-miʿrājiyya): Cosmology and Time in the Writings of Abū l-Ḥasan al-Shushtarī (d. 668/1269)
(Yousef Casewit)

The Image of Qalandar in the Dīvān-i Shams
(Janis Esots)

Pseudo-Shaykh Bahāʾī on the Supreme Name, a Safavid-Qajar Lettrist Classic
(Matthew Melvin-Koushki)

Sufism and Islamic Identity in Jalaluddin Rumi’s Anatolia
(Jamal J. Elias)

India as a Sufi Spacetime in the Work of Jamālī of Delhi
(Shahzad Bashir)


PART 3
Philosophy

Knowledge on Display: Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī's Universal Compendium
(Amina M. Steinfels)

Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s Taxonomy of Extraordinary Acts
(Tariq Jaffer)

Believing Is Seeing: The Universe in the Eyes of al-Bīrūnī and Ibn Sīnā
(Mahan Mirza)

Al-Ghazālī’s Philosophical Soteriology
(Alexander Treiger)

Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī and the Art of Knowing
(Joseph Lumbard)


PART 4
Literature and Culture

Religious Satire in the Maqāmāt of al-Hamadhānī
(Matthew Ingalls)

Doctrinal Anxiety and Social Reality regarding Music and Dance in Mamluk Cairo: Ibn al-Ḥājj on al-Samāʿ, To Sing or Not: The Case against Music
(Li Guo)

Index of Arabic and Persian Term
Index of Proper Names
All interested in Arabic studies, Islamic studies, Quranic Studies, Islamic mysticism, Islamic history, and Islamic philosophy.