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Title: A study of early Sufism in relation to the development of scholarship in the 3rd/9th and 4th/10th centuries A.H./C.E. : with special reference to knowledge and theology in the Qūt al-qulūb of Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī (d. 386/996)
Author: Bin Ramli, Harith
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract:
The overall aim of this study is to look at the Qūt al-qulūb and the life of its author Abu Talib al-Makki (d.386/996) in light if the social and intellectual developments in of the third/ninth and fourth/tenth centuries. It focuses on two of the major subjects covered in the Qūt , knowledge and theology, and looks at the way in which the author's discussions can be contextualised against wider discussions on the nature of faith, knowledge, scholarly authority and the articulation of beliefs. Two major questions that will be asked throughout is the connection between Makki and the mystical-theological school known as the Salimiyya, and the degree to which he can be described as a traditionalist. Part I will provide the necessary background information by exploring the social and intellectual context of Makki's life, as well as various aspect of his Qūt. Knowledge is the broad category covered in Part 11, which begins with a survey of the development of the concept of mystical knowledge in the century preceding Makki's lifetime, before discussing in further detail the individual and social dimensions of knowledge as discussed in the work. Part III focuses on theology and theological discourse, looking first at its development among Makki's predecessors, then addressing the question of the extent to which Saliml theology can be found in the Qūt. This will be followed by a summary of Makki's own theological positions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.550547  DOI: Not available
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