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Baghdad during the time of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī

A study of the life and background of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī, putative founder of the Qādiriyya order, investigating the sources for his life and attributed works. The book seeks to elucidate the ideas of al-Jīlānī, and to formulate a picture of the most prominent trends of pious and mystical thought in Baghdad during the twelfth century, providing a cultural and geographical angle to the study of Islamic mysticism and piety.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4438-5
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Jun 30,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 284
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4438-5
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A study of the life and background of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī, putative founder of the Qādiriyya order, investigating the sources for his life and attributed works. The book seeks to elucidate the ideas of al-Jīlānī, and to formulate a picture of the most prominent trends of pious and mystical thought in Baghdad during the twelfth century, providing a cultural and geographical angle to the study of Islamic mysticism and piety.

A study of the life and background of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī, putative founder of the Qādiriyya order, investigating the sources for his life and attributed works. The book seeks to elucidate the ideas of al-Jīlānī, and to formulate a picture of the most prominent trends of pious and mystical thought in Baghdad during the twelfth century, providing a cultural and geographical angle to the study of Islamic mysticism and piety.

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ContributorBiography

Pascal Held

Pascal Held is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg). He received his PhD in 2016 from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on Sufism and the intellectual history of the medieval Islamic civilization more broadly.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)

Introduction (1)
   Previous studies (5)
   The sources (13)
   Approach and Structure (23)
Chapter 1. An attempt at reconstructing ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī’s life (27)
   Gīlān (27)
   The early years in Baghdad (39)
   Withdrawal (52)
   Later years in Baghdad (55)

Chapter 2. Inner purity and desiring God (69)
   Basic requirements (69)
   The first stage of the mystical path: definition (78)
   Conduct and practice: original tawba (83)
   Master-disciple (85)
   Other practices (90)
   ‘Pure tawba’ (92)
   ʿAzīma/rukhṣa (94)
   Excursus: Abū al-Najīb al-Suhrawardī (97)

Chapter 3. Inner strength (109)
   The second stage: definition (109)
   Features: states and stations (114)
   Trials and affliction (119)
   Practice and conduct (123)
   Withdrawal and seclusion (124)
   General conduct (128)
   Samāʿ (131)
   Excursus: Abū Ḥafṣ ʿUmar al-Suhrawardī (142)

Chapter 4. Surrender and revival (163)
   The third stage: definition (163)
   Features (168)
   Theological basis (171)
   Encounters with the divine (177)
   Love (184)
   Excursus: Aḥmad al-Ghazālī (189)

Chapter 5. Return (201)
   God’s representative in society (205)
   Excursus: Yūsuf Abū Yaʿqūb al-Hamadānī (208)
   Contemporary Sufism (219)
   Excursus: Ibn al-Jawzī (225)

Conclusion (249)
Bibliography (257)
Index (271)

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