The Master and the Disciple : An Early Islamic Spiritual Dialogue on Conversion Kitab al-'Alim wa'l-Ghulam Paperback / softback
Edited by James W. Morris
I.B.Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili StudiesThis volume includes a fully annotated translation and Arabic critical edition of one of the earliest surviving Ismaili Shi'i writings, by the famous Yemeni author Ja'far Ibn Mansur al-Yaman (ca. 270-345 All). In addition to being a key source for pre-Fatimid Ismaili history, "The Master and the Disciple" is important for its unique role as the most elaborate example of the narrated dramatic dialogue form in Arabic literature.
The work also vividly illustrates the processes by which early esoteric Shi'i ideas and institutions eventually contributed to the evolution of more familiar forms of Sufism in the Islamic West.
Finally, Ja'far's reputation as a master of ta'wil (esoteric understanding of the Qur'an) is reflected in the complex integration and existential elaboration of Qur'anic themes illustrated throughout this dialogue - a distinctive feature which makes this book of wider interest to students of Islamic Studies and comparative religion.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- Publication Date: 30/04/2019
- Category: Islam
- ISBN: 9781780764269