The Controversy of Shaykh Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī and Handsome, Moon-Faced Youths: A Case Study of Shāhid-Bāzī in Medieval Sufism

The Controversy of Shaykh Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī and Handsome, Moon-Faced Youths: A Case Study... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 DOI: 10.1163/221059512X617658 Journal of Sufiji Studies 1 (2012) 3–30 brill.nl/jss The Controversy of Shaykh Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī and Handsome, Moon-Faced Youths: A Case Study of Shāhid-Bāzī in Medieval Sufism Lloyd Ridgeon University of Glasgow UK Abstract The ability to witness the divine in creation has been one of the features that has often distin- guished Sufijis from non-Sufijis. One of the most controversial manifestations of this was shāhid- bāzī (“ playing the witness”), which was a practice of gazing at the form of young males in order to witness the inner, divine presence. Since medieval times a Persian Sufiji by the name of Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī has been most commonly associated with shāhid-bāzī ( especially during the samāʿ —or the ritual of Sufiji music and dance). The controversy relating to Kirmānī seems to have focused on the homoerotic nature of shāhid-bāzī , yet a close examination of the texts reveal that the criticisms about Kirmānī relate to a wide range of Sufiji practices and doctrines. An investigation of the contexts of these criticisms indicate that thirteenth–fourteenth-century Sufijism was diverse and fluid, and that the systematisation of Sufijism into brotherhoods ( ṭarīqa ) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Sufi Studies Brill

The Controversy of Shaykh Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī and Handsome, Moon-Faced Youths: A Case Study of Shāhid-Bāzī in Medieval Sufism

Journal of Sufi Studies, Volume 1 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2012

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 DOI: 10.1163/221059512X617658 Journal of Sufiji Studies 1 (2012) 3–30 brill.nl/jss The Controversy of Shaykh Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī and Handsome, Moon-Faced Youths: A Case Study of Shāhid-Bāzī in Medieval Sufism Lloyd Ridgeon University of Glasgow UK Abstract The ability to witness the divine in creation has been one of the features that has often distin- guished Sufijis from non-Sufijis. One of the most controversial manifestations of this was shāhid- bāzī (“ playing the witness”), which was a practice of gazing at the form of young males in order to witness the inner, divine presence. Since medieval times a Persian Sufiji by the name of Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī has been most commonly associated with shāhid-bāzī ( especially during the samāʿ —or the ritual of Sufiji music and dance). The controversy relating to Kirmānī seems to have focused on the homoerotic nature of shāhid-bāzī , yet a close examination of the texts reveal that the criticisms about Kirmānī relate to a wide range of Sufiji practices and doctrines. An investigation of the contexts of these criticisms indicate that thirteenth–fourteenth-century Sufijism was diverse and fluid, and that the systematisation of Sufijism into brotherhoods ( ṭarīqa )

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Journal of Sufi StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: ḥulūl; samāʿ; shāhid-bāzī; eroticism; Sufism; Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī

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