Al-Qushayris Epistle on Sufism Abu M-Qasim al-Qushayri Al-Risala al- qushayriyya ffiilm al-tasaxvwuf Translated by Professor Alexander D. Knysh Reviewed by. Already in , Arthur J. Arberry observed that al-Qushayri’s Risala draws heavily from the works of his predecessors Abui ‘Abd al-Rahman al-. Sulami (d. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Sep 1, , K. Honerkamp and others published Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism (al-Risala al-qushayriyya fi lhringilm.

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Acknowledgements I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals and institutions who have helped me to realize this translation project. The followers of prophetic tradition would oppose to their sanction of sheer rational inquiry as the source of knowledge and fervent discussions would go on.

Then they have started to speak according to their al-qshayri [of spiritual ao-risala and capabilities and God – praise be to Him — inspired in them things by which He has honored them [to the exclusion of other people].


This text is essentially a reminder to the people of his era that Sufis had authentic ancestral tradition, as well as a defence of Sufism against the doubters that rose during that time of his life. We can notify you when this item is back in stock.

Umar al-Shatiri Habib, ‘Umar b. Thus, in discussing the spoils of war mentioned in Q. While the former is quite readable and relatively accurate albeit practically devoid of commentarythe latter is but a free paraphrase of the Al-qudhayri text, which is frequently misconstrued and, consequently, mistranslated. He returned to Baghdad where the Caliph al-Qa’im had him perform hadith teachings in his palace.


He has shown their innermost souls hidden things so that by the emanations of the unseen which He has imparted solely to them they can become aware of that which is concealed from all others. Munazil 63 Abu ‘Ali Muhammad b. May God bless him and his family, [who shine like] lights in the darkness. Sign In or Create an Account. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Progressive Muslims Omid Safi.

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The biographical section is followed by a detailed essay on Sufi terminology. Remember me on this computer. Al-Qushayri repeatedly acknowledges his debt to, and admiration for, his Sufi master throughout his Risala. This committee is charged with making known, in Europe and in America, the books selected for translation, and in selecting and enlisting properly qualified university professors, orientalists and students of Islamic studies to undertake the work of translation and revision, as well as overseeing the publication process.


Don’t have an account? First, I have retained all chains of transmission of the pious dicta quoted by al-Qushayri as well as the traditional formulas that are commonly attached to the names of God and the prophets in pre-modern Islamic texts. Diini Dhahabi al, Shamsudin Muhammad Dr. No al-qushajri can be His helper, there can be no offspring next to Him, no number al-rieala count Him, no place to contain Him, no time period to embrace Him, no understanding to al-qshayri him, and no imagination to picture Him.

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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Khafif al-Shirazi 70 Abu 3 1-Husayn Bundar b. Also represented will be books by Muslim scientists on medicine, astronomy, geography, physics, chemistry, horticulture, and other fields. In al-Qushayri’s narrative, the Sufi ‘friends of God’ awaliya’ are depicted as the true, if uncrowned, ‘kings’ of this world, not those worldly rulers who appear to be lording it over the common herd of believers.

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This is an eloquent testimony to his dual credentials as both a Sufi and a conventional Sunni scholar jalim. May God bless his Companions, [who are] the keys to the True Guidance. This work is entirely reproduced by Ibn al-Subki in his Tbaqat al-Kubra.

Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism : Al-Risala Al-qushayriyya Fi ‘ilm Al-tasawwuf

Tahir al-Abhari 66 Abu 3 1-Husayn b. Last but not least, I would like to thank my wife Anya Knysh for her help in compiling the index and the glossary. Muhammad al-Muzayyin 65 Abu ‘Ali b. Early Muslim scholars were able to communicate with their Western counterparts through contacts made during the Crusades; at Muslim universities and centres of learning in Muslim Spain al-Andalus, or Andalusia and Sicily to which many European students went for education; and at the universities and centres of learning in Europe itself such as Salerno, Padua, Montpellier, Paris, and Oxfordwhere Islamic works were taught in Latin translations.

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As a young man he received the education of a country squire of the time: Readers will therefore see that this series includes a variety of works in the purely Islamic sciences, such as Qur 5 an, hadiththeology, prophetic traditions sunnaand jurisprudence fiqh. The Perfect Guide to the Sciences of the Qur’an: I take full responsibility for any mistakes that may have crept into my translation.

Further examination could reveal the effects of the historical context for the compilation of al-Risala and its repercussions after al-Qushayri in the Islamic world. Jahdar al-Shibli 61 Abu Muhammad ‘Abdallah b. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your A,-qushayri Academic account above. Despite its obvious normative and didactic agenda and formulaic presentation, the Epistle does give the modern reader an illuminating insight into the everyday lives of Sufi devotees and the moral dilemmas and challenges they faced in trying to al-qushzyri a delicate balance between their ascetic and mystical values and the exigencies of life in a society governed by rank, wealth, and political power.

This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Giving preference to one over the other will result in failure. Maktabat Dar al-Fajri Syria. In the same way as the lesser jihad involves [the seizure of] spoils of war after victory, the greater jihad too has the spoils of war of its own, which involves taking possession of his soul by the servant of God after it has been held by his two enemies — [his] passions and Satan.