Forms of gnosis in Sulamī's Sufi exegesis of the Fātiha

Mohammed Rustom

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This paper will look at the Sufi interpretations of Sūrat al-fātiha found in the early mystical Qur'an commentary known as the Haqāiq al-tafsīr by the well known Sufi, Abū cAbd al-Rahmān al-Sulamī (d. 1021). The Sufi tafsīr of this sūra will be read not only as a compilation of early mystical interpretations of the Qur'an, but also as a unique work by Sulamī himself. A close reading of the various Sufi authors' interpretations set out by Sulamī will show how his own positions concerning the fundamental Sufi concept of macrifa come about.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-344
Number of pages18
JournalIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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