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“U islamu su se razvila složena i prefnjena kosmološka učenja kako na osnovu islamskih izvora tako irazličitih domaćih svjetonazora predislamskih društava. Ono što islamsku kosmologiju čini izrazito islamskom jestečinjenica da ishodišno kur’ansko gledište objedinjuje i usklađuje preuzete koncepte. Izraz “islamska kosmologija”se može općenito razumjeti u značenju svjetonazora zabilježenog u Kur’anu i Hadisu te prihvaćenog izričito ilineizričito […]

Kur’an i sufizam –

“Sukladno autorovom mišljenju, suzam se ponajbolje može ra-zumjeti u odnosu na samo ustrojstvo islamske tradicije. Izrazitaodlika sujskog pristupa islamskoj tradiciji jest usredotočenje nastapanje duše s Božanskom Riječju, uvijek na osnovu obrascakoji je utvrdio Vjerovjesnik. Sujski učitelji su često govorili ocilju islamske tradicije u viduostvarenja koje zahtijeva preo-bražavanje samog bića tragaoca, pri čemu je nezaobilazna ulo-ga Kur’ana. […]

Sufism and Quranic Ethics – Atif Khalil

Abstract: The Qur’ān lies at the heart of Muslim spirituality, and provides the fount and wellspring for its doctrines and practices. To the extent that classical Islam as a whole was animated in both form and spirit by its central Scripture, all the way from law and ritual to theology and the arts, it would […]

“The Grace of God” as evidence for a written Uthmanic archetype: the importance of shared orthographic idiosyncrasies – Marijn van Putten

Abstract: “This paper takes a novel approach to the question of when and how the text of the Quran was codified into its present form, usually referred to as the Uthmanic text type. In the Quran the phrase niʿmat all āh/rabbi-ka “the grace of god/your lord” can spell niʿmat  “grace” either with t āʾ or  t āʾmarbūṭ ah. By examining 14 early Quranic manuscripts, it is shown that this phrase […]

Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī – Philosophy

Abstract: “Rumi’s teachings, whether in the Maṯnawi or his other works, focus on “the roots of the roots of the roots of the religion” (o ṣul o ṣul o ṣul al-din, Ma ṯ nawi I intro.). By “the religion” he means the Islamic tradition, not religion generically; he is saying that his works go to the heart and soul of the Quranic message and do not get mired […]

Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition, Revised and Expanded Essays by Western Muslim Scholars, Edited by: Joseph E. B. Lumbard

Abstract: “Anyone, whether he or she be a Muslim, a follower of another religion, ormore generally anyone who is seriously interested in the relation between Is-lam and the West and Islam in the West, cannot but be attracted to this volume, which is the fruit of the thought of some of the best minds of the younger generation […]

Contentment, Satisfaction and Good-Pleasure: Rida in Early Sufi Moral Psychology -Atif Khalil

Abstract:  “The article examines early Sufi notions of  rida, usually translated as ‘‘contentment,’’ ‘‘satisfaction,’’ and ‘‘good-pleasure.’’ It does so through a close textual analysis of some of the most important works of the tradition authored up until what has been identified as the ‘‘formative period of Sufi literature,’’ a period which ends in the 11th century. In the process, the article situates rida within the larger context of […]

Review of Sufism and Deconstruction: A Comparative Study of Derrida and Ibn ‘Arabi by Ian Almond

Abstract: “When William C. Chittick published his encyclopedic Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination almost thirty years ago, he made readily available to the English speaking world,for the first time, lengthy excerpts drawn primarily from the thirteenth century Andalusian thinker’s most comprehensive summation of Sufi thought in the Meccan Revelations. Chittick’s most significant contribu-tion, arguably, lay in the virtually unparalleled lucidity with […]