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Black Light: Islamic philosophical themes from the Nayrang-e 'Ishq By Arun Singh
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The Nayrang-e 'Ishq is a historically important Persianate mathnavi from Mughal India, not least because its composition earned the patronage of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. However, until now it... More > has evaded a close examination of the philosophical themes relating to classical Islamic theosophy and metaphysics that are encoded within it. This book is the first to approach the deep inner layers of meaning within this masterpiece of late medieval Indian literature. The characteristic treatments of allegory in Persianate poetry, relating to mystical themes in theory and practice, and then the motifs chosen in particular by the poet, are examined. This precedes an identification and exploration of the cosmological and cosmogonic doctrines that appear to be encoded within the poem. Neoplatonic influences, in addition to the influence of ibn Arabi, are discussed.< Less
A Primer on a Shi'ite system for the mystical exegesis of the Qur'an by means of the Seven Great Letters as espoused by Abû Ya'qûb al-Sijistânî in his Kitâb al-Iftikhâr By Arun Singh
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This primer supplies a scholarly introductory insight into the system for the mystical exegesis of the Qur’an described in the Kitâb al-Iftikhâr (‘Book of the Boast’) by... More > the prominent Fatimid da’i al-Sijistânî, with a particular focus on its unique rationalist-gnostic model for the interpretation of the Arabic letters. The famous author of the Kitâb privileges seven Arabic letters as being of profound importance to the understanding of the Qur'an, and maintains that it is only via knowledge of these letters and what they represent that the Qur'an might be "disallegorised". The treatment given to these letters is more thorough and integrated than any part of the same author's Kitâb al-Yanabi. This primer examines the structure of the Kitâb, derives from it the relevant content of interest, and analyses its implications for the system of mystical exegesis for the Qur'an advocated by this Shi'ite sect.< Less

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