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Hallaj : Mystic and Martyr - Louis Massignon


Mystic and Martyr

Paperback Published: 25th July 1994
ISBN: 9780691019192
Number Of Pages: 336

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Abridged from the four-volume "The Passion of al-Hallaj, " one of the major works of Western orientalism, this book explores the life and teaching of a famous tenth-century Sufi mystic and martyr, and in so doing describes not only his experience but also the whole milieu of early Islamic civilization. Louis Massignon (1883-1962), France's most celebrated Islamic specialist in this century and a leading Catholic intellectual, wrote of a man who was for him a personal inspiration.

From reviews of the four-volume translation:

"The French original of this work has stood for most of this century as a model of the way Western scholarship can illumine a foreign culture, not patronize or denature it... This translation climaxes one of the most focused projects of humanistic scholarship this century has seen."--Huston Smith, Commonweal "An incomparable study of the religious forces, the social and political life, and the whole culture of the Islamic world within which [this saint] lived and died."--Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the Abridged Edition
Biographical Outlinep. 1
Prologuep. 1
Chronological Tableau of Hallaj's Life and Posthumous Survivalp. 9
The Years of Apprenticeship: His Teachers and Friendsp. 24
Native Milieup. 24
The Cultural Milieu of Basrap. 33
Anecdotes from His Years of Apprenticeship: His Hajj (Ghutba)p. 52
Travels and Apostolatep. 72
His Modes of Travel: His Dress, His Itineraries, His Stopping Placesp. 72
The Two Periods of Public Preaching in Ahwaz (272-273 and 279-281)p. 74
The Other Regions Traveled Throughp. 89
The Social Expression of Hallaj's Vocation, and His Contacts with the Cultural Renaissance of His Timep. 101
The Last Hajj of Hallaj and the Waqfa of Arafatp. 114
In Baghdad: Zealous Preaching and Political Indictmentp. 117
Baghdadp. 117
Public Preaching in Baghdadp. 132
Political Indictment: The Dawat Ilal-Rububiya, Usurpation of the Supreme Power of Godp. 150
The Indictment, The Court of Justice, and the Actors in the Dramap. 157
The Indictment and Ibn Dawud's Initiativep. 157
The Definition of Zandaqa, a Heresy Threatening the Security of the Statep. 177
The Sovereign Authority and Its Delegation to a Court of Justice; the Court of Justice, Its Powers and Jurisdictionp. 180
The Trialsp. 208
A Critical Note about the Historical Sources for the Trialsp. 208
The First Trial (298/910 to 301/913)p. 211
The Eight Years of Waitingp. 219
The Second Trial (308/921 to 309/922)p. 227
The Denouement and the Judgment of Condemnationp. 256
The Martyrdomp. 280
The Peripeteias of the Executionp. 280
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ISBN: 9780691019192
ISBN-10: 0691019193
Series: Bollingen Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th July 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Type: Revised