Tuhfah-yi 'Abbasi: The Golden Chain of Sufism in Shi'ite Islam

Tuhfah-yi 'Abbasi: The Golden Chain of Sufism in Shi'ite Islam

by Mohammad H. Faghfoory (Translator)


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This book is one of the oldest and most important sources written on the esoteric teachings of Islam from a Shi'ite perspective. It demonstrates the Qur'anic origins of Sufism and its close relationship with Shi'ism. The book is based mainly on the teachings of the Qur'an, Hadith narrations of Shi'ite Imams, and the teachings of earlier Sufi masters. In this lies the uniqueness, authenticity, and strength of the book. Tuhfah yi-' Abbasi is written in a typical prose style of the Safavid period and is replete with Arabic words and phrases. The difficulty and dryness of the style, however, is properly compensated by timely quotation of Prophetic traditions, narrations of the Shi'ite Imams, and Sufi poetry composed by 'Attar, Rumi, Hafiz, Mansur Hallaj, as well as the author. This work conveys a universal message for all human beings, particularly at a time when Sufism and Shi'ism are misrepresented by pseudo-Sufis and extremist Shi'ite, and misunderstood by many readers in the Muslim world and in the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761838012
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 10/05/2007
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Mohammad H. Faghfoory teaches Islamic Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has written/translated eight books, numerous articles and book reviews, and contributed book chapters.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Translator's Introduction Part 2 Editor's Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 On the Meaning of Sufi and Sufism and the Scarcity of Sufis among the People Chapter 5 On the Sufis' Belief in Divine Unity Chapter 6 On the Sufis' Belief in Prophethood and Immamate Chapter 7 On the Sufis' Belief in the Return to God Chapter 8 Explaining How the Sufis are Connected to the Sinless Imams Chapter 9 On the Excellence of Knowledge and the Scholars and Their Kinds Chapter 10 On Asceticism and Ascetic Practices Chapter 11 On Silence Chapter 12 On Hunger and Night Vigil Chapter 13 On Remembrance of God Chapter 14 On the Meaning of Trust in God Chapter 15 On Contentment and Submission Chapter 16 On [the Excellence of] Forty Day Worship Chapter 17 On the Permissibility of Listening to Pleasing Music Chapter 18 On Ecstasy and Swooning Chapter 19 On the Need for a Master and the Explanation of the Rules and Etiquette for the Master and the Disciple Chapter 20 Conclusion: On the Sayings and Utterances of the Sufi Masters Concerning the Stations Chapter 21 Supplement: On Divine Justice Part 22 Appendix: The Founder and the Masters of the Blessed Dhahabiyah Order Part 23 Bibliography Part 24 Index of Qur'anic Verses Part 25 General Index

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