Sufi Master and Quran Scholar: Abul-Qasim al-Qushayri and the Lataif al-Isharat

Hardcover | March 23, 2012

byMartin Nguyen

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This book is the first extensive examination of the medieval Qur'an commentary known as the Lataif al-Isharat and the first critical biography of its author, the famous spiritual master Abu'l-Qasim al-Qushayri. Written in 5th/11th century Nishapur, an intellectual and cultural crossroads ofthe Muslim world, the Lataif al-Isharat has endured down through the centuries as an important work of Sufi exegesis. A mystical vision of reality is taught through its line-by-line treatment of the Qur'an as its author was writing as both a Sufi teacher and scholar.This study fully investigates al-Qushayri's life and historical horizon and carefully analyses the structure and method of the commentary. The primary aim of the book is to draw greater attention to the other traditions of exegesis that inform the Sufi approach of the Lataif al-Isharat, anunderstudied feature of many Sufi commentaries in general. In the case of this commentary, scholarly and pedagogical concerns for language, prophetic sayings, law and theology are interwoven into al-Qushayri's overarching mystical exegesis. Other important aspects of the author's intellectualidentity and education clearly influenced the formation of al-Qushayri's Sufi worldview and as a consequence his interpretation of God's word. By delineating these other traditions of exegesis mentioned in al-Qushayri's biography and embedded in hisLataif al-Isharat, we can better appreciate how heand his commentary were part of a wider Sunni historical heritage in addition to the developing Sufi tradition.

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This book is the first extensive examination of the medieval Qur'an commentary known as the Lataif al-Isharat and the first critical biography of its author, the famous spiritual master Abu'l-Qasim al-Qushayri. Written in 5th/11th century Nishapur, an intellectual and cultural crossroads ofthe Muslim world, the Lataif al-Isharat has e...

Dr. Martin Nguyen is Assistant Professor of Islamic Religious Traditions at Fairfield University, CT.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265138

ISBN - 13:9780197265130

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Introduction1. The Life of al-Qushayri2. Sufi Pedagogy3. The Exegete4. Structure and Style5. Attributions and Exegetical Reports6. Tracing the Traditions of Exegesis7. Legal Matters8. Ash'ari Concerns9. Spiritual HierarchiesConclusionAppendix A : The Biographical Records of al-Qushayri