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The Tamhīdāt is clear about ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's views on Avicenna, but ambiguous about the source and the context for Avicenna's comment. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt evaluated the relationship between Avicenna and Abū Saʿīd to be one in which the mystic was seeking guidance (arshadani) from the philosopher. This emphasizes the regard that he had for the visionary philosophers who stood in immediate vicinity to the stage of knowledge by proximity. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt has observed the lights in the realm of death that have derived from within his own heart. For ʿAyn al-Quḍāt, the secrets of the Doomsday become visible to whomever traverses the distance between life and death, goes beyond the confines of understanding toward the unseen and the unknown, and ultimately, finds repose in His presence. The truth is where light ceases being a modality in observation.

Keywords: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt; Abū Saʿīd; Avicenna; mystical death; Tamhīdāt



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