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Death And Visions Of The Unseen

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This chapter focuses on death as transcendence in the works of ʿAyn al-Quḍāt and other formative authors in his milieu. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt reflects on death in various contexts. He sees death as a transition in the life of man and not the termination of his humanity. The reality of death is an early unveiling on the path by means of which ʿAyn al-Quḍāt sees death as transcendence. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt interprets the pillars of Islam not in light of piety and heresy or reward and punishment, but in the context of the journey through the heart to the China of the quest. A major discussion in the scholarship on Islamic mysticism concerns its relationship with the Indian and the Buddhist spiritual traditions and its philosophical and practical borrowings from them. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt explains that when mystical death occurs, Doomsday is revealed to the wayfarer.

Keywords: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt; China; Islamic mysticism; mystical death; transcendence



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