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Journal:   ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY & THEOLOGY (ISLAMIC STUDIES (KALAM))   FALL 2008 - WINTER 2009 , Volume - , Number 81/2; Page(s) 213 To 251.
 
Paper: 

NUR AL-DIN KASHANI AND HIS MISAFAT AL-ASHBAH WA MIJALAT AL-ARWAH

 
 
Author(s):  AQABABAIYAN HUSAIN ALI*
 
* SHAHID AYAT TARBIYAT MOALLEM COLLEGE OF NAJAFABAD
 
Abstract: 

Attaining and understanding the truth will not be feasible except through mystical wayfaring, which would be possible only through assimilation into shari‘a (religious law) and comprehension of its mysteries; the spiritual states and discourses of a salik (mystical wayfarer) is the realization of this notion. In the course of writings by the dignitaries of knowledge and thought, the legacy of works on theoretical and practical wayfaring and spiritual journey are available like a radiating sun to those thirsty for the pure thoughts and those seeking to arrive at the fountainhead of truth. The sages and divinely endowed scholars have each stated a portion of these mysteries and tried to provide the interested seekers with rays of Divine Light which had radiated on their hearts; thus, leaving behind plenty of books on such issues as mysteries of shari‘a, moralities, and theoretical and practical mysticism.
Among these dignitaries, was the prominent mystic, Nur al-Din Muhammad Kashani, renowned as Nur al-Din Akhbari, belonging to the scholarly and mystic-nourishing household of Fayd Kashani and one of the disciples of Mulla Muhsin Fayd Kashani and ‘Allama Majlisi, who like other friends of Allah were unknown on earth and well-known in heavens. Thus, given the importance and necessity of knowing these noble figures and editing their manuscript works to be presented to the cultural community which is rated among the genuine intellectual and ideological sources, it is attempted in the present article to give a brief biography of the above-mentioned scholar and an introduction and contextual analysis of the valuable and unsurpassed manuscript, Misafat al-Ashbah wa Mijalat al-Arwah, known as The Book of Thinking, from among the works of this divinely endowed scholar and prominent mystic, which I have edited myself as well.

 
Keyword(s): NUR AL-DIN AKHBARI, THINKING, MIṢAFAT AL-ASHBAH WA MIJALAT AL-ARWAH
 
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