This book examines the work of a scholar of this discipline, al-Hārith al-Muhāsibī, who lived and worked during the classical Islamic period under the Abbāsids. View Al-Muhasibi Research Papers on for free. Presentation version, all references removed. Message me for details. John D’ Alton, Monash University Combatting the soul in al-Muhasibi and Isaac of Nineveh.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. English Choose a language for shopping. June 1, at 6: In many ways he was a precursor to al-Ghazali, and this comparison has been commented on by many a researcher in the field. This seems to have been an impediment to real mystical experiences; the ruthlessness of this psychological technique buried every attempt at ecstatic exaltation under an enormous inferiority complex.

This is understandable within the context of the influence of Muhadibi philosophy in the 8th century. This analysis informs the current debate over the meaning and methods of jihad. His influence on posterity was immense, especially through his pupil Junayd. Isaac’s writings have been researched for his understanding of love, prayer, grace etc, but not for what he writes about spiritual growth as an internal battle.

The key to taming the “commanding nafs ” is self-examination muhasaba. The title will be removed from your a because it is not available in this region. Learn more at Author Central. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: Pages About my blog Blogroll Links.

Muhzsibi discussion was focussed on the problem of the essence of God and the nature of his attributes. These habits had been adapted from the life-style of Christian monks. Later on he was allowed to return to La, perhaps at the price of abandoning his theological convictions. Thank You for Your Contribution! Muhasibi is significant for being the first to combine elements of Sufi asceticism and NeoPlatonic Islamic philosophy in his work.


Help Center Find new research papers in: This term is in turn translated into Arabic as jihad both in the Arabic Bible and in translated Syrian ascetic writings. You are commenting using your WordPress.

In early Islam, Sufism and kalam Islamic speculative philosophy were usually antagonistic, but Muhasibi weaves them together in a seamless cloth.

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Log In Sign Up. Log In Sign Up. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Al-Muhasibi is one of the first people who combined between Sufism and kalam — the general norm for the first five centuries of the hijra was that these two trends were distinct and separate from one another. However, the flip side of the proverbial sword reflects a conundrum. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Purification of the soul is a principle that is central to understanding Islamic spirituality but despite this, relatively little has been written explicitly in the Islamic tradition regarding this discrete method of spiritual purification.

These terms evoke a rich metaphorical world which has not been analysed, yet which conveys the pinnacle of Syrian asceticism. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


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He was an exemplar of ethical conduct and refused to allow any form of self-deception. Isaac’s writing is also important because he writes in the context of early Islam where Sufi Muslims wrote of a similar internal struggle.

Theologyphilosophically oriented discipline of religious speculation and apologetics that is traditionally restricted, because of its origins and format, to Christianity but that may also encompass, because of its themes, other religions, including especially Islam and Judaism.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. April 4, at This is the meaning of al-Muhasibi’s aphorism, “Be God’s munasibi be nothing.

This paper analyses Isaac’s struggle metaphors at length and briefly notes connections to early Sufi Muslim writings. How close is such a one to an animal that is only able to recognize what it feels with its limbs! And what happiness can equal the happiness of knowledge, and the spirit of certainty, and the brilliance of noesis, all of which can only be attained and affirmed through sound reasoning, and long thinking, and continuative reflecting.

During this time many works of Greek philosophy were translated into Arabic, and many Muslims adopted Aristotelian and Muhasbi thought. The point is good and makes sense, but takes so long to make a point.

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