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Sufism and Theology

Edited by Ayman Shihadeh

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Sufism and Theology are two major currents in Islamic thought and religious culture, and over the centuries they have displayed immense diversity and intellectual richness. This book takes a flexible and inclusive approach to these trends, revealing both how Sufis approached theological traditions and themes and practised theology themselves, and how theologians approached different aspects of Sufism.

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Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Mystical Theologies
1. Mystical Theology and the Traditionalist Hermeneutics of Maybudi's Kashf al-Asrar
Annabel Keeler
2. The All-Comprehensive Circle (al-I?a?a):
Soul, Intellect, and the Oneness of Existence in the Doctrine of Ibn Sab?in
Vincent J. Cornell
3. One Aspect of the Akbarian Turn in Shi?i Theology
Robert Wisnovsky
4. Sufism and Theology in the Confessions of ?a?in al-Din Turka I?fahani (d.830/1437)
Leonard Lewisohn
5. A Sufi Theology Fit for a Shi?i King:
The Gawhar-i Murad of ?Abd al-Razzaq Lahiji (d.1072/1661-2)
Sajjad Rizvi
Part 2: Theological Approaches to Sufism
6. The Mystic and the Sceptic in Fakhr al-Din al-Razi
Ayman Shihadeh
7. Ibn Taymiyya's Commentary on the Creed of al-?allaj
Yahya Michot
8. Ibn Kemal (d.940/1534) on Ibn ?Arabi's Hagiology
Tim Winter
9. Scriptural Sufism and Scriptural Anti-Sufism:
Theology and Mysticism amongst the Shi?i Akhbariyya
Robert Gleave
10. Reconciling Sufism with Theology: Abu l-Wafa al-Taftazani
and the Construct of "al-Ta?awwuf al-Islami" in Modern Egypt
Andreas Christmann.

About the Author

Ayman Shihadeh is a Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of The Teleological Ethics of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (2006).