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The throne carrier of God : the life and thought of ʻAlāʼ ad-Dawla as-Simnānī

Author: Jamal J Elias
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book constitutes a comprehensive investigation of the life and teachings of one of the most famous Sufis of the Iranian world. Simnani spent his early life as a courtier at the Ilkhanid Mongol court and was a cherished companion of the emperor Arghun. After a mystical experience on the battlefield, he turned his back on a life of luxury and became a Sufi. He advanced rapidly in his spiritual quest and soon  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Simnānī; Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Simnānī; Aḥmad Ibn-Muḥammad as- Simnānī; Ala al-Dawla al-Simnani; Aḥmad Ibn-Muḥammad as- Simnānī
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jamal J Elias
ISBN: 0791426114 9780791426111 0791426122 9780791426128
OCLC Number: 31376607
Description: xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jamal J. Elias.

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This book constitutes a comprehensive investigation of the life and teachings of one of the most famous Sufis of the Iranian world. Simnani spent his early life as a courtier at the Ilkhanid Mongol court and was a cherished companion of the emperor Arghun. After a mystical experience on the battlefield, he turned his back on a life of luxury and became a Sufi. He advanced rapidly in his spiritual quest and soon became one of the most influential Sufi masters in Iran. Working primarily from the most reliable Arabic and Persian manuscripts of Simnani''s writings, the author has analyzed Simnani''s thinking to show the overall coherence of his world-view and to demonstrate the importance of his ideas to the development of Islamic mysticism. Along with this analysis, the author provides a detailed account of Simnani''s life and times, as well as a systematic description of Simnani''s instructions for Sufi practioners of all levels.

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