Angels in Islam : New,
'Al-Haba'ik fi Akhbar al-Mala'ik'
*[A5+] Paperback - 350 pages,
by Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti [d.911h],
Compiled by Dr. S.R. Burge,
Published by Routledge.
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'The Arrangement of the Traditions about Angels' - Al-Haba'ik fi Akhbar al-Mala'ik. Angels are a basic tenet of belief in Islam, appearing in various types and genres of text, from eschatology to law and theology to devotional material. This book presents the first comprehensive study of angels in Islam, through an analysis of a collection of traditions (hadīth) compiled by the 15th century polymath Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūtī (d. 911/1505).
With a focus on the principal Angels in Islam, the author provides an analysis and critical translation of hadith included in al-Suyuti’s al-Haba’ik fi akhbar al-mala’ik (‘The Arrangement of the Traditions about Angels’) – many of which are translated into English for the first time.
The book discusses the issues that the hadīth raise, exploring why angels are named in particular ways; how angels are described and portrayed in the hadīth; the ways in which angels interact with humans; and the theological controversies which feature angels. From this it is possible to place Imam al-Suyūtī’s collection in its religious and historical milieu, building on the study of angels in Judaism and Christianity to explore aspects of comparative religious beliefs about angels as well as relating Muslim beliefs about angels to wider debates in Islamic Studies.
Broadening the study of Islamic angelology and providing a significant amount of newly translated primary source material, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Islam, divinity, and comparative religion.
"In summary, Burge’s work provides readers with a well-written and well-researched presentation of the function of angels in Islamic theology. His book and translation have the potential to become a standard work on angels in Islamic theology and history."---Göran Larsson University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Imam Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti
He is `Abd al-Rahman ibn Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr, Jalal al-Din al-Misri
al-Suyuti al-Shafi`i al-Ash`ari, also known as Ibn al-Asyuti (849-911),
the mujtahid imam
and renewer of the tenth Islamic century,
master, jurist, Sufi, philologist, and historian, he
authored works in virtually every Islamic science.
Born to a
Turkish mother and non-Arab father and raised as an orphan in Cairo, he
memorized the Qur'an at eight, then several complete works of Sacred
Law, fundamentals of jurisprudence, and Arabic grammar; after which he
devoted himself to studying the Sacred Sciences under about a hundred
and fifty shaykhs. A giant among contemporaries, he remained alone,
producing a sustained output of scholarly writings until his death at
the age of sixty-two. He was buried in Hawsh Qawsun
Dr. Stephen Burge is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. His main areas of research are in the life and works of Imam al-Suyūtī, hadīth studies, tafsīr and angelology.
Table of Contents :
Part I: Angels, Islam and al-Suyūṭī’s al-Ḥabā'ik fī akhbār al-malā'ik,
---. Angels in Classical Islam and Contemporary Scholarship,
-------Classical Sources on Angels,
-------Modern Scholarship on Angels in Islam.
---. Imam al-Suyūṭī and his Works.
-------Al-Suyuti in his Historical and Religious context,
-------Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti : Methodology and Sources.
-------The Purpose of Al-Haba'ik and its audience.
Part II: Themes in Islamic Angelology :
---. Naming Angels,
-------Function Names without Malak,
-------Other Miscellaneous Angelic Names,
-------Trends in Angelic Nomenclature in Islam.
---. Imagining Angels,
-------The Physical Forms of Angels,
-------Angels of Great Size,
-------Finer detailing, clothing, jewellery and colours,
-------Angelic Iconography in Islam.
---. Angelic Companions,
-------From Cradle to Grave and Beyond,
-------Angel's and God's Presence on Earth,
-------Angel's and Ritual,
---. Angels and Theology,
-------Hierarchy and Status,
-------God, Angels, Salvation History and Prophecy,
-------Are Theological Beliefs about Angels Incoherent?
Part III: Translation of al-Suyūṭī’s al-Ḥabā'ik fī akhbār al-malā'ik
---. Translation and Notes on al-Ḥabā'ik fī akhbār al-malā'ik,
-------A Description of the Manuscripts used,
-------'The Arrangement of the Traditions about Angels'
----------What is Mentioned concerning the Necessity of Belief in Angels,
----------The Origin of the Creation of the Angels and the Proof that they are Bodies in Contradiction to the Philosophers,
----------The Great Abundance of the Angels,
----------The Four Archangels who are in Charge of the Command of the World,
----------What is said Concerning Gabriel, peace be upon him,
----------What is said Concerning Michael, peace be upon him,
----------What is said Concerning Israfil, peace be upon him,
----------What is said Concerning the Angel of Death, peace be upon him,
----------What is said about the Bearers of the Throne, peace be upon him,
----------What is said about the Spirit, peace be upon him,
----------What is said about Ridwan, Malik and the Keepers of the [Garden and the] Fire, peace be upon them,
----------What is said about al-Sijill, peace be upon him,
----------What is said about Harut and Marut, peace be upon them both,
----------What is said about the Sakina, peace be upon him,
----------What is said about the Noble Watching Scribes, peace be upon them.
Part IV: Conclusions :
---. Angels in Islam and Islamic Angelology.
--------Angels and Cross-cultural exchange,
--------Angels in Islam: Imam al-Suyuti's Perspective.
------Appendix A: Summary of the hadith not translated,
------Appendix B: Named Sources of hadith in al-Ḥabā'ik fī akhbār al-malā'ik,
------Abbreviations (Journals, Encyclopedia and Monographs),
------Abbreviations (Jewish and Christian Texts),
------Primary Sources (Muslim),
------Primary Sources (Non-Muslim),
------Index of Qur'anic Citations,
------Index of Bible, Talmud, Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha,
------Index of Medieval Muslim Authors,
------Index of Names and Subjects.
*Dimensions : 23.5 x 16cm.