Ibn Khaldun on Sufism: Remedy for the Questioner in Search of Answers (Shifa al-Sa'il li-Tahdhib al-Masa'il)

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Remedy for the Questioner in search of Answers is the first ever translation into English of Shifa al-Sa'il li-Tahdhib al-Masa'il.

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Can the seeker after Truth wholly depend on the guidance found in books on Sufism or are the oral teachings of a spiritual master necessary? This was a heated debate in fourteenth-century Andalusia that extended beyond the confines of Sufi circles. Ibn Khaldun ventured into this debate with a treatise that is as relevant today as it was then. Ibn Khaldūn on Sufism: Remedy for the Questioner in search of Answers is the first ever translation into English of Shifa al-Sa'il li-Tahdhib al-Masa'il.

Though Ibn Khaldun is renowned for the Muqaddimah and the 'Ibar—which are considered milestones in the fields of medieval sociology and the philosophy of history—little is known about his religious and spiritual life. In her introduction to Ibn Khaldun on Sufism, Dr Yumna Ozer seeks to restore Ibn Khaldun and his work to the context from which his theories arose, both in intellectual and religious terms; she also draws a vivid painting of Sufism in the fourteenth century and rethinks Ibn Khaldun’s relationship with Sufism. The translation itself addresses the dichotomies or synergies between religious law and the Sufi path, the roles played by jurists, and that played by Sufis, and the particular position of the Sufi shaykh or spiritual master.

About The Author

Ibn Khaldun (d. 808 AH/1406 CE), the celebrated social theorist and historian, is renowned for the Muqaddimah and the Ibar, which are considered milestones in the fields of medieval sociology and the philosophy of history.

About The Translator

Dr Yumna Ozer, gained a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Indiana University and is an independent scholar specialising in Sufism.

 
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EAN 13 / ISBN9781911141280
BindingPaperback
AuthorIbn Khaldun
TranslatorYumna Ozer
PublisherIslamic Texts Society
Pages172
Year Published2017
Length0.6
Width6.1
Height9.1
 
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