Examining how three medieval Sufi Qur’an commentators explained the story of Moses’ journey with al-Khidr, this volume conveys various teachings about the path of Sufism and the nature of spiritual authority. These commentaries, translated for the first time, discuss essential themes of Sufism as written by practicing Sufi masters. As the text reflects on both the social and psychological dimensions of the master–disciple relationship in Sufism and distinguish between the instructing master (shaykh al-ta’lim) and the mentoring master (shaykh al-suhba), a comparison is also made between the Sufi interpretation of death, immortality, compassion, and inner knowledge and Ernest Becker’s theory of the denial of death and the aspiration for both physical and symbolic immortality.
|Publisher:||Fons Vitae of Kentucky, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
H. Talat Halman is an assistant professor of religion at Central Michigan University and a contributor to various publications, including A Portrait of Contemporary Indonesian Islam and Voices of Islam. He has given numerous lectures for and has participated in panel discussions at universities, conferences, and congregations across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, and Indonesia. He lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.