Ibn Sina Islamic Culture Research Foundation

Sufism: development of the mystical language in an-Niffari’s works

The Book of Standings. The Book of [spiritual] addresses. In relation to His wonderful speech about love

2019 Dec 31

Abstract

The Russian translation of the Arabic works of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Jabbar al-Niffari, one of the most enigmatic personalities in the history of Sufism of the 10th century, has been published for the first time.

The distinguishing feature of his works is that almost all his texts (including those attributed to him) are presented in the form of a dialogue between God and His adept, where the most important Islamic and Sufi concepts are explained. The absence of references, unusual logic of reasoning and narration incites the readers to push the limits of their mind and demonstrates the restrictions of human perception with regard to the divine reality.

The introduction and comments to the translation contribute to the understanding of this text as a reflection of a unique path of spiritual self-improvement.

Imprint

Sufism: development of the mystical language in an-Niffari’s works. The Book of Standings. The Book of [spiritual] addresses. In relation to His wonderful speech about love / translation from Arabic, introduction and comments by R.V.Pskhu. – М.: ООО Sadra, 2020. – 208 p. – (Islam: classics and modernity).