Spiritual Quest

Reflections on Quranic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam


Author: Reza Shah-Kazemi

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857719645

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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The Qur?an is the sacramental foundation of prayer in Islam. Its inspirational power is perpetually renewed through being recited and meditated upon by Muslims on a daily basis throughout their lives. This succinct monograph provides a unique contemporary insight into the spiritual, intellectual and moral dynamics set in motion by the short Qur?anic chapters recited in their prayers by Muslims of all traditions, but which are particularly recommended within Shi?i Islam. Dr Shah-Kazemi engages creatively with the chapters of the Qur?an, including the ‘Opening’ (al-Fatiha) chapter, basing his own philosophical reflections on the teachings of Imam ?Al?. He focuses in particular on the relationship between the moral and the mystical aspects of the texts. The result is a stimulating philosophical meditation probing the depths of meaning comprised within the verses of a Revelation by which the spiritual quest of Muslims has constantly been inspired, nourished and fulfilled.

Imam 'Ali

Concise History, Timeless Mystery


Author: Reza Shah-Kazemi

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781784539368


Page: 160

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'Ali ibn Abi Talib is unparalleled in Islam. He was the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, the first Shi'i Imam and the fourth of the Rashidun Caliphs. Sunni and Shi'i Muslims alike hold 'Ali in the highest regard owing to his status as a spiritual teacher and his strength as a warrior. According to the mystical tradition of Islam, 'Ali is the embodiment of 'the perfect human being' (al-insan al-kamil). Reza Shah-Kazemi here draws on the insights of the Sufi masters Ibn 'Arabi and Rumi to look beyond the biographical details of 'Ali's life to reflect on the spiritual significance of his actions and teachings. In the spirit of ta'wil or esoteric interpretation, the author identifies how 'Ali's inner spiritual principles can be regarded as transcending the boundaries of time, space, religion and culture. For Shah-Kazemi, it is this mystical interpretation of 'Ali that invites a new, much deeper understanding of his personality and contemporary relevance, outside the confines of history. The book offers vivid examples of 'Ali's conduct and persona--on the battlefield, from the pulpit of the mosque, and in his private teachings to the mystics--exploring the ways in which his actions embodied his principles. An accessible and concise guide, this book is relevant to all those with an interest in the life of 'Ali, Islamic spirituality, religious practice, and the philosophy of religion.

Arabic Ismaili Manuscripts

A Bibliography of Sources and Studies


Author: Delia Cortese

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857710524

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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This work represents a significant corpus of Islamic manuscripts devoted to the theological, philosophical and historical traditions of the Fatimid, post-Fatimid Yemeni and Indian Ismaili literature. The catalogue, with its 179 annotated entries from the highly prized Zahid Ali Collection, examines the literary and doctrinal aspects of these manuscripts, features incipits in Arabic for each entry and is supported by indices in both Arabic and Latin scripts. The work is fully illustrated and enriched by a contextualising introduction. It will prove an invaluable tool for scholars and researchers interested in the study of these key texts.

Ismaili and Other Arabic Manuscripts


Author: Delia Cortese,Institute of Ismaili Studies

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860644337

Category: History

Page: 170

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This bibliographic work is a supplement to Adam Gacek’s two-volume catalogue of Arabic manuscripts in the library of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, published in London, 1984-85. The Supplementary Catalogue includes 188 Arabic manuscripts not listed earlier by Gacek or which have been acquired since then by the institute’s library. The majority of the works belong to the theological, philosophical, and historical traditions of Fatimid Ismaili literature. The catalogue is arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically by title, accompanied by details about the content of each work and other relevant information of a literary, historical, and doctrinal nature.

The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam


Author: Reza Shah-Kazemi

Publisher: I.B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781780761312

Category: History

Page: 176

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In 1932, the eminent British scholar of Islam, Sir Hamilton Gibb, wrote: ""The nobility and broad tolerance of this religion [Islam], which accepted all the real religions of the world as God-inspired, will always be a glorious heritage for mankind. No other society has such a record of success in uniting, in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavor, so many and so various races of humanity."" (Whither Islam?) Such scholarly objectivity towards the tolerance which has historically characterized the Islamic tradition as a whole is in short supply these days. Through an insidious symbiosis of fanatical Muslims and prejudiced Islamophobes, the very opposite image of Islam has emerged as one of the most dangerous stereotypes of our times. The most cursory glance at history will not only reveal the falsity of this stereotype of an intolerant Islam, it will also reveal the little known fact that, not so long ago, it was the Islamic world that provided models of tolerant conduct for a fanatically intolerant Christian world tearing itself apart over dogmatic differences. The first part of this monograph examines the historical record of tolerance in the Islamic tradition, illustrating the expression of the principle of tolerance through the rule of such dynasties as the Ottomans, Mughals, Fatimids, and the Umayyads of Spain. In the second, the principle of tolerance is shown to be rooted in the spirit of the Qur'anic revelation and embodied in the exemplary conduct of the Prophet.