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Knowing the spirit

Author: Nūr ʻAlī Ilāhī; James Winston Morris
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ostad Elahi's Knowing the Spirit provides a concise and remarkably illuminating philosophic account of our unique place in the universe: of the creative expressions of the divine Spirit throughout nature, and of the process of the soul's deepening perfection through all the challenges and lessons of our existence in this world and beyond. This revealing book draws together in a single vision those symbolic  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nūr ʻAlī Ilāhī; James Winston Morris
ISBN: 0791468577 9780791468579 0791468585 9780791468586
OCLC Number: 62615995
Language Note: Translated from the Persian.
Notes: Translated from the Persian.
Description: viii, 158 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Table of contents --
Preface and acknowledgements --
Translator's introduction --
Ostad Elahi's life and works --
Childhood and youth --
Professional life and judicial career --
The final period : writing and teaching --
Ostad elahi's published works : the place of Knowing the Spirit --
Historical contexts : the audience, language and structure of Ma'rifat ar-Rūh --
The "three sources" : rational argument, religious tradition, and spiritual experience --
Allusion and realization --
The basic structure of Knowing the Spirit : the origin and the return --
The contemporary significance of Knowing the spirit --
The Persian text and translation conventions --
Translation of Knowing the Spirit --
Original table of contents --
Introduction --
Establishing the existence of the Divine Artisan --
The Spirit --
The gathering, reawakening, and returning (of the Spirit) in the realm of return --
The purely bodily return --
The purely spiritual return --
The harmonization of a bodily and spiritual return --
The (Spirit's) return by way of the process of perfection --
The belief of the proponents of transmigration --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Maʻrifat al-rūḥ.
Responsibility: Ostad Elahi ; translated and with an introduction by James Winston Morris.
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"Ostad Elahi's Knowing the Spirit provides a concise and remarkably illuminating philosophic account of our unique place in the universe: of the creative expressions of the divine Spirit throughout nature, and of the process of the soul's deepening perfection through all the challenges and lessons of our existence in this world and beyond. This revealing book draws together in a single vision those symbolic teachings and spiritual insights familiar to many Western readers today through the classical mystical poetry of Rumi, Hafez, and Attar. The historical context and language of this study are marked by the confluence of classical Islamic philosophy and spirituality, including Sufi thought, and their scriptural sources."--Jacket.

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