Islamic Mysticism & Abu Talib al-Makki : New,
The Role of the Heart,
*[A5+] Paperback - 216 pages,
Qut al-Qulub by Abu Talib al-Makki [d.386h],
Edited & Compiled by Saeko Yazaki,
Published by Routledge Sufi Series.
Islamic Mysticism and Abu Talib al-Makki, and analysis of Qut al-Qulub "The Nourishment of Hearts" by Abu Talib al-Makki. Both in everyday language and religious metaphor, the heart often embodies the true self and is considered to be the seat of emotion in many cultures. Many Muslim thinkers have attempted to clarify the nature of Sufism using its metaphorical image, particularly in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
This book examines the work of Abū Tālib al-Makkī and his wider significance within the Sufi tradition, with a focus on the role of the heart. Analysing his most significant work, Qūt al-qulūb (‘The Nourishment of Hearts’), the author goes beyond an examination of the themes of the book to explore its influence not only in the writing of Sufis, but also of Hanbalī and Jewish scholars.
Providing a comprehensive overview of the world of al-Makkī and presenting extracts from his book on religious characteristics of the heart with selected passages in translation for the first time in English, this book will give readers a better understanding not only of the essential features of Sufism, but also the nature of mysticism and its relation to monotheistic faiths.
" Finally, Yazaki has produced a creditable contribution to the history of Islamic thought on a difficult and often enigmatic figure. Her addition (in chaps. three and four) to the still-scarce supply of translations of Abū ālib al-Makkī’s work is laudable and much appreciated, and raises hope that she might make further contributions of this sort." ---John Renard, Saint Louis University.
About Abu Talib al-Makki; [d.386H/996CE]
He is Muhammad b. 'Ali b. 'Atiyya Abu Talib, and is generally known as al-Makki. He learnt Hadith from 'Ali b. Ahmad al-Masisi, Abu Bakr al-Mufid and others. According to al-Khatib al-Baghdadi; Abu Talib al-Makki was one of the people of Jabal, brought up in Makkah, he entered Basra after the death of Abu 'l-Hasan ibn Salim and became associated with his doctrine. For a while he was known to have preached in Baghdad. He is also known to have authored eight works, on hadith, tasawwuf, tawhid, etc. It was believed he was an ardent admirer of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, alayhi Rahman. He passed away in Baghdad in 386 after hijri and is laid to rest in a cemetery in Baghdad.
Little is known about the rest of his life although most of the information available is from an entry in al-Khatib al-Baghdadi's Ta'rikh al-Baghdad.
About the Author :
Saeko Yazaki (PhD, Edin.) is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on mysticism and epistemology of religion, the Judaeo-Islamic tradition, and their continuing relevance to the present. She is also pursuing comparative study of monotheistic and non-monotheistic faiths.
Table of Contents :
---Notes on Presentation,
---List of Abbreviations,
------Editions and Translations of the Qut al-Qulub,
---. Abū Tālib al-Makkī : his life, intellectual formation
-------The life of Al-Makki,
-------The teachers of Al-Makki,
-------The works of Al-Makki.
---. Qūt al-qulūb : its religious context, contents and
-------The heart as a metaphysical entity,
-------The mystical idea of the heart in the early history of Sufism,
-------Qut al-Qulub ; Righteous conduct in this world and true belief in God,
-------The religious authorities cited in the Qut al-Qulub.
---. Summary of Section 30 of the Qut with Selected Passages in
-------The Nourishment of Hearts in Relation to the Beloved and the Description of the Path of the Novice to the Station of Tawhid; Part 1,
---. Summary of Section 30 of the Qut with Selected
Passages in Translation, Part 2,
-------The thirtieth section in which is the detailed account of the impulses experienced by the true believers, and the characteristic of the heart and its similarity to lights and jewels,
---. Contemporaries of al-Makkī;
-------Al-Sarraj and Luma' fi'l tasawwuf - the pseudo and the genuine Sufi,
-------Al-Kalabadhi and al-Ta'arruf li-Madhhab ahl al-Tasawwuf ; Misconception about Sufism and the True Path to God,
---. The Influence of Al-Makkī, Part 1 :
-------Works on sufism and religious sciences,
-----------Al-Sarraj; al-Luma fi'l-Tasawwuf,
-----------Al-Kalabadhi; al-Ta'arruf li-madhhab ahl al-Tasawwuf,
-----------Al-Sulami; Tabaqat al-Sufiyya,
-----------Abu Nu'aym; Hilyat al-Awliya,
-----------Al-Qushayri; Rislat al-Qushayriyya,
-----------Al-Hujwiri; Kashf al-Mahjub,
-----------Al-Ghazali; Ihya Ulum al-Din & al-Munqidh min al-Dalal,
-----------Attar; Tadhkirat al-Awliya,
-----------Al-Suhrawardi; 'Awarif al-Ma'arif,
-----------Ibn al-Arabi; al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya & Fusus al-Hikam,
-----------Jalal al-Din Rumi; Mathnawi i Ma'nawi,
-----------Ibn Abbad al-Rundi; al-Rasa'il al-Sughra,
-----------[Pseudo] Ibn Khaldun; Shifa al-Sa'il,
-----------Jami'; Nafahat al-Uns,
-----------Mulla Sadra [d.1050h],
-----------Muhammad Murtada al-Zabidi al-Hanafi; Ithaf al-Sadat al-Muttaqin,
-------Hadith and biographical literature,
---. The Influence of Al-Makkī, Part 2 :
-------Works by Hanbali scholars,
-------Pre-modern Muslim scholarship : al-Makki preacher of Islamic piety,
Ibn Bāqūdā and al-Hidāya ilā farā'id al-qulūb,
-------Ibn Baquda; the jewish echo?
-------The significance and scholarship of al-Hidaya,
-------Al-Hidāya ilā farā'id al-qulūb ; A reminder of religious obligations
---. The Qūt al-Qulub and al-Hidāya : a Muslim-Jewish dialogue?
-------Aims and Structure,
-------The religious idea of the heart,
-------Dynamics between Judaism and Islam.
*Dimensions : 23.5 x 16cm.