This paper discusses Intih, a general word used by Sufi authors to designate the final destination of the Sufi path, in the theoretical system of the twelfthcentury Sufi theoretician Abaf Umar al-Suhraward (d. 632/1234), and the place it holds in his teaching and its practical application to the life of the Sufi communities of twelfth-century Baghdad. The notion of sia mujza li-l-muntahn, i.e. luxuries permitted to the mystics who achieved the destination of the Sufi path, was the basic argument in al-Suhraward's treatment of Intih. The paper analyses the means by which al-Suhraward proposes to 'soften' this doctrine, which might so easily become a 'slippery slope' for beginners on the Sufi path. The intrinsic meaning of Intih in al-Suhraward's view was closely linked to the practical qualification for master status, a crucial institution of the Sufi movement during his time. Being a muntah means to be a free Sufi and then an educating master. It is essentially a rediscovery of man's human soul and its spiritual powers through the realization of a reconciliation with family, community, and even the whole universe.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Journal of Islamic Studies|
|State||Published - Sep 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Religious studies
- Literature and Literary Theory