The Master and the Disciple: An Early Islamic Spiritual Dialogue on Conversion Kitab Al-'alim Wa'l-ghulam

The Master and the Disciple: An Early Islamic Spiritual Dialogue on Conversion Kitab Al-'alim Wa'l-ghulam

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Paperback, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN13 9781780764269, ISBN10 178076426X
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Paperback, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN13 9781780764269, ISBN10 178076426X

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Paperback, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN13 9781780764269, ISBN10 178076426X

This volume includes a fully annotated translation and Arabic critical edition of one of the earliest surviving Ismaili Shi'i writings, by the famous Yemeni author Ja'far Ibn Mansur al-Yaman (ca. 270-345 All). In addition to being a key source for pre-Fatimid Ismaili history, The Master and the Disciple is important for its unique role as the most elaborate example of the narrated dramatic dialogue form in Arabic literature. The work also vividly illustrates the processes by which early esoteric Shi'i ideas and institutions eventually contributed to the evolution of more familiar forms of Sufism in the Islamic West. Finally, Ja'far's reputation as a master of ta'wil (esoteric understanding of the Qur'an) is reflected in the complex integration and existential elaboration of Qur'anic themes illustrated throughout this dialogue -- a distinctive feature which makes this book of wider interest to students of Islamic Studies and comparative religion.

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Number of Pages: 464
Original Languages: English
Author: Morris, James
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Publication Date: December, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781780764269
ISBN-10: 178076426X
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