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... and al-Suhrawardi (d. 587/1191) saw fit to discuss in some detail her teachings. The picture of a “highly-strung and emotional recluse” painted by an early biographer seems to suffer in comparison with Sulami ’s portrait of Rabi‘a in his Dhikr...
... Simnani (d. 736/1336) (oft-cited for his confident critique of Ibn al-‘Arabi ’s formulation of wahdat al-wujud , “Oneness of Being” or “Unity of Existence”). One of several similar treatises is a short work entitled al-Usul al-‘ashara (The...
...ibn Farid, ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali Ibn al-Farid was born in Cairo on 4 Dhu’l-Qadah 576/1181 and died there on 2 Jumada al-Awwal 632/1235. Venerated as a saint within a generation of his death, Ibn al-Farid was—and is—the most celebrated Sufi poet...
... all but two of twenty-four volumes of a subject-classification of Ahmad ibn Hanbal ’s Musnad. A watchmaker by trade, Shaykh Ahmad al-Banna’ al-Banna’s family was among the socio-economic elite of their village. But a move to Cairo in 1924...
...ʿAttar The Persian poet Hakim Sana’i Sana’i was born in the last quarter of the fifth/eleventh century in the city of Ghazna (eastern part of present-day Afghanistan). He breathed his last in this home of the Ghaznavid sultans, most likely...
... B. Hallaq and Donald P. Little (eds), Islamic Studies Presented to Charles J. Adams, Leiden : Brill, 1991. Sviri S. , “Hakim Tirmidhi and the Malamati Movement in Early Sufism,” in Leonard Lewisohn (ed.), The Heritage of Sufism, Vol. I: Classical Persian Sufism from its Origins to Rumi (700–1300), Oxford : OneWorld, 1999, pp. 583–613 ....
...al-Jilani, ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Harawi, ‘Abdullah Ansari Born in Naif in the Persian province of Gilan, south of the Caspian Sea, in 470/1077, ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani was the eponymous founder of one of the earliest Sufi tariqat (from tariqa...