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Kernel of the Kernel

Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect (Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubab dar Sayr wa Suluk-i Ulu'l Albab) A Shi'i Approach to Sufism

Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i, Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani, Mohammad H. Faghfoory

Publication Year: 2003

Kernel of the Kernel is an authoritative work on Sufism from a Shiµ>iµ perspective that is not only fascinating, but also contains much practical advice. In addition to providing a theoretical discussion of spiritual wayfaring, it is also the account of a personal fifty-year spiritual journey by Sayyid Muh|ammad H|usayn T|abaµt \abaµiµ scholar and spiritual master. In Kernel of the Kernel, T|abaµt \abaµism as well as the role of Shiµ>iµ Imams in the spiritual realization of a sincere wayfarer.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-xi

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FOREWORD

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pp. xiii-xix

The work of Allāmah Ṭihrānī translated here represents a genre of Islamic gnostic and esoteric writings that has been rarely studied in the West until now. This book is in fact perhaps the first of its kind to appear in the English language. In order to understand what intellectual strand this work represents...

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TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION

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pp. xxi-xxxiii

The text that is presented in the following pages is one of the most important books written on Sufism from an Iranian-Shiite point of view in the twentieth century. In a profound yet simple manner, the ...

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1. Editor's Introduction: The Straight Path Is One Which Combines the Exoteric and the Esoteric

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pp. 1-11

May Allāh’s most exalted blessings be upon the immaculate spirit of the Seal of prophets, Muhammad al-Muṣṭafā, and his noble deputy and spiritual heir (waṣi) and possessor of the greatest sanctity ...

2. He Is the Almighty

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pp. 13-43

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3. Description of the Realms Preceding the Realm of Khulūṣ

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pp. 45-70

As we stated before, the traveler on the path of God, Exalted is He, must traverse twelve realms before entering the realm of khulūṣ. These include: the realms of the Lesser, the Greater, and the Greatest submission...

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4. Undifferentiated Description of the Path and Methods of Wayfaring Toward God

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pp. 71-82

Now that the details of the twelve realms of the wayfaring are known, we must proceed to discuss the method and manner of [spiritual] journeying and wayfaring. Two kinds of exposition will be presented here. The first is...

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5 Differentiated Description of the Path and Methods of Wayfaring Toward God

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pp. 83-130

The method of wayfaring on the path of God consists of none other than invocation, contemplation, lamentation, and beseeching at the threshold of the Divine Throne who is, in fact, the only Fulfiller of our needs. This...

INDEX OF QUR͗ĀNIC VERSES

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pp. 131-

INDEX OF AḤĀDĪTH

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pp. 133-135

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INDEX OF QUOTATIONS OF THE SAYINGS OF THE SHĪ͑ITE IMĀMS

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pp. 137-140

O God, illuminate my outward with [the light] of obedience to Thee and my inner beingwith Thy love, my heart with the knowledge of Thee, my spirit with thy vision, and my in-most consciousness (sirr) with the independence of attachment to Thy Threshold, O Lordof Majesty and Munificence. (Im¯am ⁄Al¯Ä±, Nahj al Bal¯aghah)Verily Isl¯am means submission, and submission means certainty. (Im¯am ⁄Al¯Ä±)...

NOTES ON SAINTS, SCHOLARS, AND AUTHORS CITED IN THE TEXT

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pp. 141-144

INDEX

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pp. 145-149


E-ISBN-13: 9780791489277
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791452370
Print-ISBN-10: 0791452379

Page Count: 149
Publication Year: 2003

Series Title: SUNY series in Islam
Series Editor Byline: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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Subject Headings

  • Religious life -- Islam -- Koranic teaching.
  • Religious life -- Shīʻah.
  • God (Islam) -- Koranic teaching.
  • Islam -- Essence, genius, nature.
  • Sufism.
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