By Kenneth Avery
Early Sufi grasp Abū Bakr al-Shiblī (d. 946) is either well-known and unknown. one of many pioneers of Islamic mysticism, he left no writings, yet his legacy was once handed down orally, and he has been acclaimed from his personal time to the current. money owed of Shiblī current a desirable determine: an eccentric with a showy pink beard, a lover of poetry and wit, an ascetic who embraced altered states of cognizance, and, for a time, a disturbed guy limited to an insane asylum. Kenneth Avery deals a latest interpretation of Shiblī’s idea and his value within the heritage of Sufism. This ebook surveys the most important assets for Shiblī’s lifestyles and paintings from either Arabic and Persian traditions, detailing the most aspects of his biography and teachings and documenting the evolving determine of a Sufi saint. Shiblī’s relationships together with his extra recognized colleague Junayd and his notorious colleague Ḥallāj are mentioned, with his Qur’ānic spirituality, his poetry, and the query of his periodic insanity.
“A very advantageous contribution to the historical past of Sufism.” — John Renard, editor of Fighting phrases: faith, Violence, and the translation of Sacred Texts
Kenneth Avery got his PhD in Islamic stories from the collage of Melbourne in Australia. His books contain Fifty Poems of ‘Aṭṭār and A Psychology of Early Sufi samā‘: Listening and changed States.
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