Cover

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Title Page, Letter from the General Editor, Copyright

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pp. i-vii

Table of Contents

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pp. viii-ix

Abbreviations used in the Introduction and Translation

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pp. x-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xiii

At the end of the first part of al-Maʿarrī’s Epistle of Forgiveness the author says that he has been “long-winded in this part. Now we shall turn to reply to the letter.” In other words, Part One is merely the introduction to the proper answer to Ibn al-Qāriḥ’s letter. This introduction is in fact what made the Epistle famous,...

Notes to the Introduction

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pp. xiv-xiv

The Epistle of Forgiveness

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pp. 1-2

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On Hypocrisy

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pp. 3-16

I have understood the Sheikh’s words, “may God make me his ransom”;1 he does not intend to be a hypocrite in saying this. Mankind is far from being in agreement; yet this2 is a natural trait by which the Sheikh is distinguished from others. People coexist by means of deceit; they have come to invent...

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The Sheikh’s Return to Aleppo

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pp. 17-36

The Sheikh mentioned that he arrived in Aleppo—may God protect it! If it possessed reason it would have rejoiced at his arrival just as a bereaved crone who has lost her wits rejoices, a woman who has neglected the good management and care of her camels. Her only son has gone far away. He has not...

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Heretics, Apostates, and Impious Poets

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pp. 37-122

As for the Sheikh’s quotation of Abū l-Ṭayyib’s verse:

I blame the little people of these times118

the man was fond of using the diminutive,119 not being content merely with what a raider snatches away, as when he says:...

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Old Age, Grave Sins, Pilgrimages, and Sincere Repentence

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pp. 123-188

As for the Sheikh’s reference to his old age,405 God (praised be He!) has created gall as well as honey, a desire for the Fleeting World as well as abstemiousness from it. When an intelligent person looks at it closely he sees that life only draws him to harm and drives his body onward on its course....

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The Stolen Dinars and the Number Eighty

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pp. 189-216

I was pleased that the Sheikh’s dinars were returned to him.656 They are helpers; their various kinds resemble one another. People have duties toward them; they can be devoted if (other people’s) disobedience is feared. ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ said to Muʿāwiyah: “I dreamed that the Resurrection had begun;...

Notes

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pp. 217-271

Glossary

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pp. 272-292

Bibliography

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pp. 293-304

Concordance with Risālat al-Ghufrān, 9th edition, edited by Bintal-Shāṭiʾ

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pp. 305-329

Index

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pp. 330-343

About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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pp. 344-344

About the Typefaces

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pp. 345-345

About the Editor-Translators

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pp. 346-346