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Qūnawī’s Corpus

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This chapter provides a brief description of Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī's major works, as well as the odd lesser-known treatise to which he himself attached a certain importance. In fact, a critical examination of the many titles ascribed to Qūnawī' suggests that he authored probably no more than twenty works in total. Although he occasionally mentions Plato, Ibn Sīnā and the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ in his correspondence with Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, his works are, on the whole, noticeably free of references to earlier Sufi masters, including Ibn ʿArabī. Arguably Qūnawī"s most influential work; it became one of the most widely read texts of Sufi metaphysics in both the Ottoman and Persian domains. Qūnawī's last completed work, it was written at the request of his disciples who had suggested that he clarify some of the enigmas they had encountered in Ibn ʿArabī's Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam.

Keywords: Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī'; earlier Sufi masters; Ibn ʿArabī; Ibn Sīnā; Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ; Ottoman; Persian; Plato; Sufi metaphysics



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