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Seeing God in Sufi Qurʼan commentaries : crossings between this world and the otherworld

Author: Pieter Coppens
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Apocalypticism and Eschatology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This history of Sufi conceptions of the hereafter often imagined as a place of corporeal reward (Paradise) or punishment (Hell) is built upon the study of five medieval Sufi Qur'an commentaries. Pieter Coppens shows that boundary crossing from this world to the otherworld, and vice versa, revolves around the idea of meeting with and the vision of God; a vision which for some Sufis is not limited to the hereafter.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pieter Coppens
ISBN: 9781474435055 147443505X
OCLC Number: 1009247699
Description: x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction --
Main Questions and Objectives --
The Study of Sufism in its Circles of Influence: Some Notes on Nomenclature --
Sufism and `Orthodoxy': Periphery and Centre? --
History and Eschatology in Early Sufism --
What is a `Sufi' Qur'an Commentary? Defining the Genre --
Using Tafsir as a Source for Intellectual History: Some Notes on Method and Sources --
Structure of the Work --
2.Sufi Qur'an Commentaries: The Rise of a Genre --
Introduction --
Nishapur in the Fourth/Tenth and Fifth/Eleventh Centuries --
Al-Sulami and his Commentary: Witness to the Formative Period of Sufism --
Al-Qushayri and his Commentary --
Maybudi and his Commentary --
Al-Daylami and his Commentary --
Ruzbihan al-Baqli and his Commentary --
Conclusion --
3.The Ultimate Boundary Crossing: Paradise and Hell in the Commentaries --
Introduction --
Attitudes towards the Hereafter in the Formative Period of Sufism Note continued: Eschatological Commentary of al-Sulami's Major Sources --
Eschatological Commentary in al-Qushayri's Lata'if al-isharat --
Hierarchies in the Hereafter: Maybudi --
Paradise as Sadaqa and Shirk: Al-Daylami's Tasdiq al-ma'arif --
Eschatological Commentary in Ruzbihan's `Ara'is al-bayan --
Conclusion --
4.The First Boundary Crossing: Adam Descending --
Introduction --
Adam in the Qur'an --
The Banishment of Adam in Tafsir, Narrative Religious Literature and Theology --
The Banishment of Adam in Sufism: Non-tafsir Sources --
Loss of Nearness and Vision: The Tafsir of al-Sulami --
Teaching Good Manners: The Banishment in al-Qushayri --
Elevation through Degradation: The Banishment in Maybudi --
The Banishment in al-Daylami --
The Banishment in Ruzbihan --
Conclusion --
5.Excursus: Embodying the Vision of God in Theology and Sufism --
Introduction --
Theological Discussions on the Vision of God --
A Typology of This-worldly Vision in Early Sufism Note continued: The Commentators on the Vision of God in their Non-tafsir Works --
Conclusion --
6.Arini: Declined at the Boundary? --
Introduction --
Arini anzur ilayk: Q 7:143 between Exegesis and Theology --
Polyvalence: The Early Sufi Readings in al-Sulami --
From Sobriety to Intoxication: Al-Qushayri Reading Moses --
Vision of the Heart as a Foretaste of Paradise: Maybudi --
Vision through Annihilation (Fana'). Al-Daylami --
Indirect Vision through God's Attributes and Acts: Ruzbihan --
Conclusion --
7.A Vision at the Utmost Boundary --
Introduction --
The Qur'an and the Night Journey --
Divine or Angelic Manifestation: Readings of Surat al-Najm --
Vision and Nearness: Al-Sulami --
Angelic Manifestation: Al-Qushayri --
Muhammad Surpassing Moses: Maybudi --
Muhammad's Light Entering God's World: Al-Daylami --
God Seeing God: Ruzbihan's Vision through Unification (Ittihad) --
Conclusion --
8.Conclusion.
Series Title: Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Apocalypticism and Eschatology.
Responsibility: Pieter Coppens.

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