Sufism, Black and White: A Critical Edition of Kitāb al-Bayāḍ wa-l-Sawād by Abū l-Ḥasan al-Sīrjānī (d. ca. 470/1077) . Islamic History and Civilization: Studies and Texts, vol. 94. Leiden: Brill, 2012. x + 59 pages (English) and 510 pages (Arabic); index of Qurʾānic verses, index of ḥadīth , index of place names, index of personal names, index of poetic quotations, index of technical terms. Cloth. isbn : 97890216778. €147.00 / us $196.00. This meticulously executed critical edition of the Sufi treatise by an early Sufi master Abū l-Ḥasan al-Sīrjānī (d. ca. 470/1077), who hailed from the Iranian province of Kirmān, is a welcome addition to the body of early Sufi literature that has been growing steadily over the past few years. One of the editors, Bilal Orfali, is already familiar to specialists thanks to his editions of the early Sufi texts by Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī (d. 412/1021) and Ismāʿīl b. Nujayd al-Naysābūrī (d. 366/976–7) (Dar el-Machreq, 2009 and 2010). His most recent contribution to the Sufi corpus is a critical edition (together with Gerhard Böwering) of Salwat al-ʿārifīn wa-uns al-mushtāqīn , a Sufi manual by Abū Khalaf al-Ṭabarī (d. ca. 470/1077). Like the present edition, it was
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