The Sufi Doctrine of Man: Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s Metaphysical Anthropology

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Abstract

In The Sufi Doctrine of Man, Richard Todd examines the life and thought of Ibn 'Arabī's chief disciple, Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī (13th century C.E.). Making use of manuscript sources, he analyzes and contextualizes Qūnawī's esoteric vision of the nature and purpose of human existence, a doctrine which incorporates core elements of Qūnawī's metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, and eschatology. Qūnawī's thought is placed in relation to Ibn 'Arabī's and that of the Ikhwān al-Ṣafā', and his interaction with the Avicennan tradition is explored by focusing on his dialogue with the philosopher al-Ṭūsī. Although not as famous as his master, Qūnawī is shown to have been a sophisticated metaphysician in his own right, who had a major impact on Sufi thought.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden and Boston
PublisherBrill
Number of pages228
VolumeIslamic Philosophy, Theology and Science, vol. 90
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic) 9789004271265
ISBN (Print)9789004271234
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2014

Publication series

NameIslamic Philosophy, Theology and Science
PublisherBrill
Volume90