By Gavin Picken
Purification of the soul is a precept that's important to figuring out Islamic spirituality yet regardless of this, really little has been written explicitly within the Islamic culture relating to this discrete approach to religious purification. This publication examines the paintings of a student of this self-discipline, al-H?rith al-Muh?sib?, who lived and labored in the course of the classical Islamic interval less than the Abb?sids.
Although al-Muh?sib? was once renowned for his abilities in lots of disciplines, together with the Qur’?n, Prophetic narration and scholastic theology, it really is his mastery within the box of Islamic spirituality and ethical psychology for which he's most sensible remembered. Assessing the level to which the political, social and monetary components performed a component in his lifestyles and paintings, Gavin Picken presents a complete review of his paintings and its nice importance within the improvement of Islamic spirituality. Reconstructing his lifestyles in chronological order and delivering the main finished appraisal of his works so far, it explores an aspect of al-Muh?sib?’s instructing which as but has now not been studied, particularly his figuring out, notion and technique in regards to the purification of the soul in the Islamic paradigm. As such, it will likely be of serious curiosity not just to researchers and scholars of Sufism but additionally to students of comparative spirituality and mysticism.
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Spiritual Purification in Islam: The Life and Works of al-Muhasibi (Routledge Sufi Series) by Gavin Picken