Synopses & Reviews
One of the most prominent Muslim scholars and scientists of the medieval era, the Persian polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi (1201-1274) joined the Shi‘a Nizari Ismaili community at a young age, as the armies of Genghis Khan poured across his homeland. In the course of a long and eminent career, first under the patronage of the Ismailis at the fortress of Alamut, and later with the conquering Mongols, he produced over 150 works on diverse subjects from theology and philosophy to mathematics and astronomy. His principal works on Ismaili doctrine, the Rawda-yi taslim (The Paradise of Submission) and the autobiographical Sayr wa suluk (Contemplation and Action), are already available in English translation by S. J. Badakhchani. In this volume, he offers new critical editions and translations of three shorter Ismaili works by Tusi, namely Aghaz wa anjam (The Beginning and the End), Tawalla wa tabarra (Solidarity and Dissociation), and Matlub al-muminin (Desideratum of the Faithful). In these three treatises, Tusi provides concise interpretations of key motifs in Ismaili doctrine, with special reference to the primordial nature of man, his earthly existence in relation to the imam, and his destiny in the hereafter.
About the Author
S. J. Badakhchani is a Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. His publications include Contemplation and Action: The Spiritual Autobiography of a Muslim Scholar (1998) and Paradise of Submission: A Medieval Treatise on Ismaili Thought (2005), both published by I.B.Tauris.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements * Introduction * The Translations * Tawalla wa tabarra: Solidarity and Dissociation * Ma?lub al-muminin: Desideratum of the Faithful * Preamble * On Origin and Destination * Description of the Faithful Ismaili * On Solidarity and Dissociation * On the Seven Pillars of Religious Law and their Esoteric Interpretation * Aghaz wa anjam: Origin and Destination * Preamble * Description of the Path to the Hereafter, its travellers, and the reasons for peoples aversion to it, and the calamities attached to that. * On the Origin and the Destination, moving away from primordial nature and going back to it; mention of the Night of Power and the Day of Resurrection. * Description of the two worlds, and the peoples status in this world and the Hereafter * On the place and the time of the Hereafter * On the in-gathering of Creation * On the circumstances [governing] different classes of people in the Hereafter, and mention of Heaven and Hell * Description of the Path * On the Scrolls of Deeds, Noble Scribes, and the descent the angels and the satans upon good and wicked people * On the Reckoning and the ranks of the people of Reckoning * On the weighing of deeds and mention of the Balance * On the rolling-up of the Heavens * On the sounding of the Trumpet and transformation of Earth and Heaven * On the conditions that occur on the Day of Resurrection and the halting of mankind on the plains [of the Resurrection] * Descriptions of the gates of Paradise and Hell * On the tormentors of Hell * On the rivers of Paradise and those corresponding to them in Hell * On the custodians of Paradise and Hell, and mankind reaching its primordial nature * On the Tree of Bliss and the Infernal Tree * On the Virgins of Paradise * On Reward and Punishment [and Gods justice] * The Persian Texts * Bibliography * Index