Ruzbihan Baqli: Mysticism and the Rhetoric of Sainthood in Persian Sufism

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The first full-length study devoted tothe life and mystical experiences of one of the outstanding figures in Persian Sufism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700703425
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/8/1996
  • Series: Routledge Sufi Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

A. Ruzbihan Baqli, a Neglected Figure in Sufi Studies
B. Ruzbihan Studies: A Brief Overview
C. Aims of the Present Work
I The Tradition of Ruzbihan Baqli 1
A A Sufi's Life 1
B The "Ruzbihaniyya Order" and the Legacy of Ruzbihan 6
II The Inner Structure of Sainthood 17
A The Unveiling of Secrets: Structure and Contents 17
B The Prologue and Early Years 20
C Theology, Cosmology, Psychology: A Primer 28
D The Fundamental Metaphor: Unveiling and Clothing with Divinity 35
E Theophanies of Majesty 44
F Theophanies of Beauty 66
G The Unveiling of Secrets as a Literary Text 80
III Institutionalizing a Sufi Order 111
A The Biographies of Ruzbihan Baqli 111
B Stories of Ruzbihan in the Early Hagiographical Narratives 116
C The Descendants of Ruzbihan 130
D Political Connections of the Ruzbihaniyya 132
IV Conclusion 143
Appendix A. The Writings of Ruzbihan Baqli 151
Appendix B. Ruzbihan's Two Commentaries on the "Ascension" of Abu Yazid al-Bistami 161
Select Bibliography 169
Index of Names 173
Glossary and Index of Terms and Subjects 177
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