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'Ayn Al-Qudät'S Life, Heritage, And Heresy

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This chapter discusses ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's own writings, the secondary sources, and the medieval biographies that refer to him. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt describes his father among the intimate friends of God who share in the gift s of prophetic insight. The Shakwā al-Gharīb demonstrates ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's detailed knowledge of Islamic mysticism, his exceptional talent as an author, his knowledge of Arab literary culture, and his ability to orchestrate his ideas in an emotive and rhetorical style. In his defense treatise, ʿAyn al-Quḍāt refrained from making any reference to either the Maktūbāt or the Tamhīdāt. ʿAyn al-Quḍāt methodology of rational speculation describes the unseen and makes it comprehensible through poetic images and by means of analogy. The Shakwā al-Gharīb gives specific information by ʿAyn al-Quḍāt about his arrest and conviction.

Keywords: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's lineage; Maktūbāt; Shakwā al-Gharīb; Tamhīdāt



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