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From The Walled Garden Of Hakim Sanai

Author : Hakim Sanai
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Hakim Sanai's thought, presented in an accessible and relevant form."e;...useful on any level one is able to grasp hold of it - and very enjoyable, too. [The Afterword] is a wholly admirable essay - for its simple explanation of complex problems, and for the large amount of information given in a small space."e; - Doris Lessing, Books and Bookmen.

The Enclosed Garden and the Medieval Religious Imaginary

Author : Liz Herbert McAvoy
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During the Middle Ages, the arresting motif of the walled garden - especially in its manifestation as a sacred or love-inflected hortus conclusus - was a common literary device. Usually associated with the Virgin Mary or the Lady of popular romance, it appeared in myriad literary and iconographic forms, largely for its aesthetic, decorative and symbolic qualities. This study focuses on the more complex metaphysical functions and meanings attached to it between 1100 and 1400 - and, in particular, those associated with the gardens of Eden and the Song of Songs. Drawing on contemporary theories of gender, gardens, landscape and space, it traces specifically the resurfacing and reworking of the idea and image of the enclosed garden within the writings of medieval holy women and other female-coded texts. In so doing, it presents the enclosed garden as generator of a powerfully gendered hermeneutic imprint within the medieval religious imaginary - indeed, as an alternative "language" used to articulate those highly complex female-coded approaches to God that came to dominate late-medieval religiosity. The book also responds to the "eco-turn" in our own troubled times that attempts to return the non-human to the centre of public and private discourse. The texts under scrutiny therefore invite responses as both literary and "garden" spaces where form often reflects content, and where their authors are also diligent "gardeners" the apocryphal Lives of Adam and Eve, for example; the horticulturally-inflected Hortus Deliciarum of Herrad of Hohenburg and the "green" philosophies of Hildegard of Bingen's Scivias; the visionary writings of Gertrude the Great and Mechthild of Hackeborn collaborating within their Helfta nunnery; the Middle English poem, Pearl; and multiple reworkings of the deeply problematic and increasingly sexualized garden enclosing the biblical figure of Susanna.

The Topkapi Scroll

Author : Gülru Necipoğlu
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Since precious few architectural drawings and no theoretical treatises on architecture remain from the premodern Islamic world, the Timurid pattern scroll in the collection of the Topkapi Palace Museum Library is an exceedingly rich and valuable source of information. In the course of her in-depth analysis of this scroll dating from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century, Gülru Necipoğlu throws new light on the conceptualization, recording, and transmission of architectural design in the Islamic world between the tenth and sixteenth centuries. Her text has particularly far-reaching implications for recent discussions on vision, subjectivity, and the semiotics of abstract representation. She also compares the Islamic understanding of geometry with that found in medieval Western art, making this book particularly valuable for all historians and critics of architecture. The scroll, with its 114 individual geometric patterns for wall surfaces and vaulting, is reproduced entirely in color in this elegant, large-format volume. An extensive catalogue includes illustrations showing the underlying geometries (in the form of incised “dead” drawings) from which the individual patterns are generated. An essay by Mohammad al-Asad discusses the geometry of the muqarnas and demonstrates by means of CAD drawings how one of the scroll’s patterns could be used co design a three-dimensional vault.

Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis

Author : Javād Nūrbakhsh
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JESUS IN THE EYES OF THE SUFIS presents a wealth of stories and poetry about Jesus. Sufis express profound reverence for Jesus, regarding him as a perfect master.

Enclosed Garden of the Truth

Author : Hakim A. Sana'I
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Mirror of the Free

Author : Nicholas Swift
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The images on the Marseille Tarot cards started out as illustrations of Sumero-Bablyonian myths, preserved through the centuries on cylinder seals. They were copied by people who didn't understand them but who also had access to some form, whether written or oral, of the wisdom encoded in those myths and in Bible stories. That wisdom is identical with Sufi teachings as espoused by teachers like Ibn al 'Arabi, Rumi, and others, including Gurdjieff and his teachings about the enneagram. The myths and stories are decoded in this book using the multiple meanings conveyed by Arabic consonantal word roots and by reference to those doctrines and to modern discoveries about conditioning and the hemispheric specialization of the brain. Arabic is the closest existing descendant of the ancient Protosemitic language. The Kabbalah, long rumoured to be linked to the Tarot, is shown to come from the same sources, and originally had eight, not ten, sefiroth. The visual evidence alone is overwhelming: the mystery of where the Tarot comes from has been definitively solved.

English Spirituality in the Age of Wyclif

Author : David Lyle Jeffrey
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The story of John Wyclif, a spiritual reformer and the first translator of the Bible into English.

State Formation in Afghanistan

Author : Mujib Rahman Rahimi
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The creation of Afghanistan in 1880, following the Second Anglo-Afghan War, gave an empowering voice to the Pashtun people, the largest ethnic group in a diverse country. In order to distil the narrative of the state's formation and early years, a Pashtun-centric version of history dominated Afghan history and the political process from 1880 to the 1970s. Alternative discourses made no appearance in the fledgling state which lacked the scholarly institutions and any sense of recognition for history, thus providing no alternatives to the narratives produced by the British, whose quasi-colonial influence in the region was supreme. Since 1970, the ongoing crises in Afghanistan have opened the space for non-Pashtuns, including Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks, to form new definitions of identity, challenge the official discourse and call for the re-writing of the long-established narrative. At the same time, the Pashtun camp, through their privileged position in the political settlements of 2001, have attempted to confront the desire for change in historical perceptions by re-emphasising the Pashtun domination of Afghan history. This crisis of hegemony has led to a deep antagonism between the Pashtun and non-Pashtun perspectives of Afghan history and threatens the stability of political process in the country.

The Enclosed Garden of the Truth

Author : Kieron D. Moore
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Sanai's book The Enclosed Garden of the Truth, a treatise on God and the seekers journey to Him, forms one part of three highly influential early Sufi works. The others being Attar's Conference of the Birds and Rumi's Masnavi. Sanai's work is considered to be the first to use poetry to express religious, spiritual and mystical ideas. Rumi acknowledges both Sanai and Attar as having a major influence on his own poetry and stated 'Attar is the soul and Sanai the two eyes'. But for all its influence the book was largely unknown to the English speaking world until Stephenson researched and translated the work culminating in the edition of 1910. His translation, largely an academic work, printed in prosed paragraph form. The main objectives in the present copy has been firstly to return and clarify the text within its original poetic form; secondly to interpret Sanai's work within its original religious, mystical, spiritual and historical framework; and lastly to present a book that, hopefully, represents an accurate rendition of Sanai's work in such a way that present day readers will find it as inspiring as many have since it was first written down. The I.A.S. (International Association of Sufism) recently featured this book in their quarterly journal Sufism (volume 17 N.2) book review section and said this: - Kieron D. Moore has rendered a true service in resurrecting and editing the M j Stephenson translations of Hakim Sanai's The Enclosed Garden of the Truth. Moore attempts to reinterpret Stephensons translation, particularly restoring the poetic form of the original. In addition he adds and revises references and research notes making use of modern research tools not available to Stephenson. He also revises the placement of section and lines he believes better following the general feel and flow of Sanai's poetry. However the most important service Moore renders is by bringing this work back to the attention of Sufi scholars, practitioners, and the general public. Considered one of the masterpieces of Persian Sufi Literature, Sanai has been compared to and has influenced Jalalu'd Din Rumi ( in fact, Rumi describes himself as walking in the wake of Sanai and Attar. The breath of Sanai's spiritual commentary is remarkable and forms a teaching of Sufism by the poet-sage. While it is beyond the scope of this book review to delve deeply into the work itself, the following passage is representative of his thought: The temporal world He has given of His bounty to the body; the spiritual world as a glory to the soul; that both inner and outer man may receive food. This book is a kind of spiritual food to be savored by those who want to know more about the inner meaning of Sufism. Review by Salim Matchette IAS

Dress Law and Naked Truth

Author : Gary Watt
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Why are civil authorities in so-called liberal democracies affronted by public nudity and the Islamic full-face 'veil'? Why is law and civil order so closely associated with robes, gowns, suits, wigs and uniforms? Why is law so concerned with the 'evident' and the need for justice to be 'seen' to be done? Why do we dress and obey dress codes at all? In this, the first ever study devoted to the many deep cultural connections between dress and law, the author addresses these questions and more. His responses flow from the radical thesis that 'law is dress and dress is law'. Engaging with sources from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, Carlyle, Dickens and Damien Hirst, Professor Watt draws a revealing history of dress and civil order and offers challenging conclusions about the nature of truth and the potential for individuals to fit within the forms of civil life.