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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Revealed Grace: The Juristic Sufism of Ahmad Sirhindi r.a. (1564-1624)

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Revealed Grace The Juristic Sufism of Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624) Arthur F. Buehler
ISBN: 978-1-891785-89-4

Buehler has achieved a groundbreaking translation of a substantial portion of Sirhindi’s Letters, a mystical and philosophical masterpiece that has to date remained largely inaccessible to a Western audience. The work, masterfully introduced and meticulously annotated, is academically rigorous while yet taking seriously the author’s contemplative experiences, mapping the inner and cosmic landscape against which they emerge. — Marcia Hermansen, Director, Islamic World Studies Program, Loyola University The Letters of Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi are widely recognized as a remarkable and influential storehouse of Sufi experience and reflection. Arthur Buehler’s meticulous translation and explanation of these important yet difficult texts is a major contribution to the study of Islamic mysticism. — Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This selection of letters furnishes the contemporary reader with an unusually rare glimpse into the formidably vast, yet finely textured, lifeworld of a towering figure in the history of Sufism, one whose teachings resonated far beyond the South Asian ambit in which they were initially nurtured. Undeterred by the notoriously elliptical Indo-Persian prose of the Maktubat, Buehler’s judiciously selected and skillfully rendered translations make an important contribution to our understanding of this acclaimed “Renewer of the Second Millennium,” a contribution which in the spirit of Sirhindi himself cannot but lead one to reconsider much of what has come before. — Erik S. Ohlander, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Table of Contents Dedication vi Translator’s Preface: Disclaimers and Confessions ix Introduction 1 Chapter One: Shariat, Sunnat, and JuriStS 63 The basics of faith: Letter 2.67 63 Shariat: Letter 2.46 81 The seven levels of the sunnat: Letter 2.54 90 Islam and other religious communities: Letter 2.55 97 Is there a place beyond the shariat? Letter 1.172 105 Differences between sufis and jurists: Letter 3.39 108 Similarities between sufis and jurists: Letter 3.32 109 Chapter twO: COntemplative experienCe 115 One of Sirhindi’s early contemplative experiences: Letter 1.11 115 Sirhindi’s further contemplative development: Letter 1.13 124 Types of certainty and stations on the sufi path: Letter 1.18 126 Sirhindi’s culminating contemplative experience: Letter 1.290 135 Realizing unity with God: Letter 1.291 159 Chapter three: aSpeCtS Of the Sufi path 169 Getting beyond the ego-self : Letter 1.52 169 Encouraging a youth to the sufi path: Letter 1.73 172 The expanse of the heart: Letter 3.45 178 Shadows versus the Essence: Letter 2.42 180 The sufi path: Letter 2.71 195 Reprimanding a beginner: Letter 2.77 197 Types of seekers on the path: Letter 1.292 201 The end is included in the beginning: Letter 1.200 208 Evaluating spiritual rank: Letter 1.293 212 Those who think they are further along than they are: Letter 1.220 218 Naqshbandi Cosmology: Letter 1.257 224 Sirhindi interpreting verses of Sharafuddin Maneri: Letter 3.33 227 Chapter fOur: Sufi treatiSe 1: letter 1.260 233 Chapter five: Sufi treatiSe 2: letter 1.287 266 Selected Bibliography 301 Index 310
Printing of this Book was funded by Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE).Keep us in your Duas. Ahmed Mirza M.D Servant NFIE


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