Reading the Sufis as Scripture through the Shar? Mamz?j: Reflections on a Late-Medieval Sufi Commentary
This article examines Zakariyy? al-An??r?’s (d. 926/1520) I?k?m ad-dal?la, a commentary on ?Abd al-Kar?m al-Qushayr?’s (d. 465/1072) Ris?la on Sufism, particularly those areas where the commentator employs a legal language to relieve tensions between his worldview and that of the Sufis in the Ris?la. The commentator’s approach effectively treats the Sufis’ lives as scripture and is a function of the integration of the legal, theological, and mystical realms within the worldview of late-medieval scholars. Moreover, a commentarial form known as the shar? mamz?j facilitated such an approach by endowing commentators with new forms of control over the received tradition while influencing the appreciation of such commentaries by increasing their processing fluency.
Ingalls, Matthew B. "Reading the Sufis as Scripture through the : Reflections on a Late-Medieval Sufi Commentary." Oriens 41.3-4 (2013): 457-77. Web