© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/057053910X12625688929101 Arabica 57 (2010) 30-56 brill.nl/arab The “Sealed Nectar”: An Overview of a Suﬁ Treatise of ʿ Umar al-Suhrawardī (d. 632 AH/1234 AD) Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi The University of Haifa Abstract Besides the analysis of one impact of al-Suhrawardī’s teachings—his division of the Suﬁ path— there are other bases for assuming a more varied system of thought, one that runs counter his reputation as a moderate Suﬁ thinker. Through study of an unknown text of the author, a conclusion was reached that ‘moderation’ as related to Suﬁ authors is an evaluation that should be reconsidered. The speciﬁc discourse in the above text demonstrates rhetorical diﬀerences between long Suﬁ manuals and short epistles and treatises, most prominently manifest in the way the author reviews the highest and ultimate ranks of the Suﬁ path in terms of unity, and of immortality in Deity. Rereading al-Suhrawardī’s writings reveals the author’s talents for reaching into the mentality of the ordinary man, and ﬂexibility when relating to problematic issues. This paper is one attempt in the direction of a wide-ranging study of what had long been considered ‘moderate’, ‘oﬃcial’, and ‘high’ with in Classical Suﬁsm. Keywords
Arabica – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: MODERATION; TAŠABBUH; BAQĀ'; UNITY; LOVE; STATIONS; ROUTE OF ASCENT; STATES; INNER ORGANS
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