The will to be unveiled: Sufi autobiographies in classical Sufism

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While autobiography as a special genre increasingly occupies an important position in modern scholarship, independent Sufi autobiographies still require additional and detailed examination. The current paper seeks to examine two spiritual autobiographies known very well in the history of Sufism: Al-akm al-Tirmidh's Bad shan, and Rzbihn al-Baql's Kashf al-asrr. References to these works in modern research do not go beyond the assumption that they may represent visionary autobiographies, dreams, and mystical, extraordinary experiences and states. In the framework of this paper, we consider it essential to regard both texts as serious indicators of different realities, contexts, and mystic discourses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-207
Number of pages9
JournalAl-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Arabic literature-autobiography
  • Autobiography-Arabic
  • Rzbihn
  • Sufism-literature
  • al-Baql
  • al-Tirmidh
  • al-[Hdot]akim
  • mystic
  • mysticism-Islamic
  • theosophist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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