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A Soaring Minaret: Abu Bakr al-Wasiti & Rise of Baghdadi Sufism
[1b1,978-1-4384-3170-3, 1b0Laury Silvers, Suny Press Islamic mysticism & metaphysics]

A Soaring Minaret: Abu Bakr al-Wasiti & Rise of Baghdadi Sufism
A Soaring Minaret: Abu Bakr al-Wasiti and Rise of Baghdadi Sufism
Paperback - 152 pages
Release Date: July 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3170-8
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3170-

Summary
The development of early Islamic mysticism and metaphysics is presented through the life and work of theologian Abu Bakr al-Wasiti.
Sufi scholar Abu Bakr al-Wasiti (d. ca. 320 AH/932 CE) was called a “soaring minaret” for his cutting comments and keen theological insights. Wasiti’s life is little known today, but elements of his lost Quran commentary have come down to us through the glosses of his students, and his career offers a window into the development of Islamic mysticism and metaphysics. Wasiti’s legacy includes a number of firsts: he was one of the first students of the great Baghdadi Sufis, the first to migrate east and establish the Baghdadi Sufi tradition in Khurasan, among the first to compose a Quran commentary, and among the first to articulate a complete metaphysics in keeping with early Sunni theology. Presenting Wasiti’s life and work within the context of the development and spread of Sufism, author Laury Silvers goes on to provide an analysis of his theological perspective on the divine reality.
Laury Silvers is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
    Part One: Wasiti and Early Sufism
  • Wasiti’s Intellectual Heritage
  • Wasiti in Iraq
  • Wasiti in Khurasan
  • Wasiti and Sufi Discourse
  • Part Two: Wasiti’s Theology
  • Theological Principles
  • God’s Essence
  • The Attributes
  • The Acts

Conclusion
    Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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    Related Subjects
  • Islam
  • Middle East Studies
  • Mysticism
  • Religion
  • Sufism

Weight: 255

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