The Repose of the Spirits: A Sufi Commentary on the Divine Names ( Suny Islam ): Sam’ani, Ahmad (Author), Chittick, William C (Translator)

Major new translation of a unique and important Persian treatise on divine names in the Islamic tradition.


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The Repose of the Spirits is a translation of one of the earliest and most comprehensive treatises on Sufism in the Persian language. Written by Aḥmad Sam’ānī, an expert in Islamic law from a famous Central Asian scholarly family in about the year 1135, it is one of the handful of early Sufi texts available in English and is by far the most accessible. It also may well be the longest and the most accurately translated. Ostensibly a commentary on the divine names, it avoids the abstract discourse of theological nitpicking and explains the human significance of the names with a delightful mix of Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet and various past teachers, interspersed with original interpretations of the received wisdom. Unlike the usual books on the divine names (such as that of al-Ghazali), The Repose of the Spirits reminds the reader of the later poetical tradition, especially the work of Rumi. The prose is richly embroidered with imagery and interspersed with a great variety of Arabic and Persian poetry. What is especially remarkable is the manner in which the author speaks to his readers about their own personal situations, explaining why they are driven by a love affair with God, a God who is full of compassion and good humor, whether they know it or not. William C. Chittick’s masterful new translation brings this work to an English-language audience for the first time.

Biographical Note:
William C. Chittick is SUNY Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of several books, including Faith and Practice of Islam: Three Thirteenth Century Sufi Texts and The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-‘Arabī’s Cosmology, both also published by SUNY Press.

Review Quotes:
“This is a wonderful introduction to the particular style, imagery, terminology, and worldview of Sufism, as well as to the ways in which the Persian cultural milieu added important elements to the Arabic intellectual and spiritual tradition in Islam.” – Maria Massi Dakake, author of The Charismatic Community: Shi’ite Identity in Early Islam

Table of Contents:

The Sam‛ānīs
Sufism in Aḥmad’s Khorasan
The Keys to the Unseen
The Text and Translation

The Repose of the Spirits: Explaining the Names of the All- Opening King
1. H ū He
2. All ā h: God
3. Allah ī L ā Il ā ha Ill ā H ū There is no god but He
4-5. al-Raḥmān, al-Raḥīm: the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful
6. al-Malik: the King
7. al-Qudd ū s: the Holy
8. al-Sal ā m: the Peace
9. al-Mu’min the Faithful
10. al-Muhaymin: the Overseer
11. al-‛Azīz the Exalted
12. al-Jabb ā r: the All- Compelling
13. al-Mutakabbir: the Proud
14. al-Kh ā liq: the Creator
15. al-Bāri’ the Maker
16. al-Mu ṣ awwir: the Form-Giver
17. al-Ghaff ā r: the All- Forgiving
18. al-Qahh ā r: the Severe
19. al-Wahh ā b: the Bestower
20. al-Razz ā q: the Provider
21. al-Fatt āḥ the All-Opening
22. al-‛Alīm: the Knowing
23-24. al-Q ā bi ḍ al-B ā si ṭ the Contractor, the Expander
25-26. al-Kh ā fi ḍ al-R ā fi ‛ the Downletter, the Uplifter
27-28. al-Mu ‛ izz al-Mudhill: the Exalter, the Abaser
29-30. al-Sam ī‛ al-Ba ṣī r: the Hearing, the Seeing
31-32: al- Ḥ akam al- ‛ Adl: the Ruler, the Just
33. al-La ṭī f: the Gentle
34. al-Khab ī r: the Aware
35. al- Ḥ al ī m: the Forbearing
36. al- ‛ A ẓī m: the Tremendous
37-38. al-Ghaf ū r al-Shak ū r: the Forgiving, the Grateful
39-40. al- ‛ Al ī al-Kab ī r: the High, the Great
41. al- Ḥ af īẓ the Guardian
42. al-Muq ī t: the Nourisher
43. al- Ḥ as ī b: the Reckoner/the Sufficer
44-45. al-Jal ī l al-Jam ī l: the Majestic, the Beautiful
46. al-Kar ī m: the Generous
47. al-Raq ī b: the Watcher
48. al-Muj ī b: the Responder
49. al-W ā si ‛ the Embracing
50. al- Ḥ ak ī m: the Wise
51. al-Wad ū d: the Loving/the Beloved
52. al-Maj ī d: the Splendorous
53. al-B ā‛ ith: the Upraiser
54. al-Shah ī d: the Witness
55-56. al- Ḥ aqq al-Mub ī n: the Real, the Clarifier
57. al-Wak ī l: the Trustee
58-59. al-Qaw ī al-Mat ī n: the Strong, the Firm
60. al-Wal ī the Friend
61. al- Ḥ am ī d: the Praiser/the Praised
62. al-Mu ḥṣī the Enumerator
63-64. al-Mubdi ‘ al-Mu ‛ī d: the Originator, the Returner
65-66. al-Mu ḥ y ī al-Mum ī t: the Life-Giver, the Death-Giver
67-68. al- Ḥ ayy al-Qayy ū m: the Living, the Self-Standing
69. al-W ā jid: the Finder
70-71. al-W āḥ id al-A ḥ ad: the One, the Unique
72. al- Ṣ amad: the Self-Sufficient
73-74. a

Weight 1.22 kg
Dimensions 25.15 × 17.53 × 4.57 cm





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