The Sufi Doctrine of Man: Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s Metaphysical Anthropology

Richard Todd

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In the 'Sufi Doctrine of Man' Richard Todd examines the life and thought of Ibn 'Arabi's chief disciple, Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi (13th century CE). Making use of manuscript sources, he analyses and contextualizes Qunawi's esoteric vision of the nature and purpose of human existence, a doctrine which incorporates core elements of Qunawi's metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, and eschatology. Qunawi's thought is placed in relation to Ibn 'Arabi's and that of the Ikhwan al-Safa', and his interaction with the Avicennian tradition is explored by focusing on his dialogue with the philosopher al-Tusi. Although not as famous as his master, Qunawi is shown to have been a sophisticated metaphysician in his own right, who had a major impact on Sufi thought.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden and Boston, MA
Number of pages228
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-27126-5
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-27123-4
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Publication series

NameIslamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies
ISSN (Print)0169-8729


  • Sufism, Islamic philosophy, theological anthropology, Qunawi, Ibn 'Arabi, Avicenna, Tusi, Ikhwan al-Safa'


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