Muslim Saints and Mystics: Episodes from the Tadhkirat by Farid ud-Din Attar, Arthur J. Arberry

By Farid ud-Din Attar, Arthur J. Arberry

Prose translation of elements of the 13th-century Persian epic of Attar, giving anecdotes of Islamic saints and mystics.

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Malek e was constantly pained on account of his bad behaviour, but he endured patiently waiting for someone else to speak. To be brief, in due course others came forward to complain about the young man. Malek then arose and went to him to bid him mend his ways. The youth reacted in a very headstrong and overbearing manner. malek ibn dinar 15 “I am the Sultan’s favourite,” he told Malek. ” “I will talk to the Sultan,” Malek threatened. “The Sultan will never swerve from his approval of me,” the youth retorted.

5) al Resala of Abu ‘l-Qasem al-Qoshairi (d. 465/1072). Cited by name in the main text (II, 135) and the supplement (II, 200, 207, 309, 332, 333), it is abundantly evident that Attar leaned very heavily on this authoritative exposition of Sufi doctrine. 6 ) Kashf al-mahjub of Abu’l-Hasan al-Hojwiri (d. c. 467/1075. Named once in the main text (II, 68), Hojwiri is verbally cited without acknowledgment in a number of passages. This was the easier to contrive, since Hojwiri himself wrote in Persian When dealing with certain individual Sufis, Attar appears to have had access to some of their own writings, either direct or through quotation by others, as well as to special monographs on their lives and acts.

Hamdun al-Qassar 16 22 41 40. Mansur ibn ‘Ammar 17 21 42 41. al-Antaki 18 20 43 42. ‘Abd Allah ibn Khobaiq 19 19 44 43. al-Jonaid 21 23 45 44. ‘Amr ibn ‘Othman al-Makki 29 30 53 45. Abu Sa’id al-Kharraz 34 37 58 46. Abu ‘I-Hosain al-Nuri 22 25 46 xxxiv Attar introduction Solami Qoshairi Hojwiri 47. Abu ‘Othman al-Hiri 23 24 47 48. Ibn al-Jalla’ 24 26 48 49. Rowaim 25 27 49 50. Ibn ‘Ata’ 42 42 — 51. Ebrahim al-Raqqi — — — 52. Yusof ibn Asbat — — — 53. al-Nahrajuri 48 60 — 51 54. Somnun 28 31 55.

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