OverviewUnearthing a hidden treasure from the golden age of Ottoman scholarship, this examination presents original, expert Arabic observations on the light verse of the Quran. Presented in English for the first time, the study reveals profound insights into this famous and mysterious content along with a detailed account of the original author’s life and works, an analysis of his featured commentary, and a critical edition of the Arabic text. The investigation constitutes an exemplary bilingual resource for the study of Quranic exegesis, making it an ideal companion for students and teachers of Islamic studies as well as those interested in Islamic philosophy, mysticism, and the Quranic disciplines. Shedding light on the nature of philosophical and mystical discourse in the Ottoman world, this well-researched volume brings greater depth to an enigmatic aspect of Islam’s central religious text.
Author BiographyIsma’il Anqarawi was a devoted follower of Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi and a highly influential figure in the 17th-century Ottoman world. He was renowned as an author as well as a charismatic and beloved shaykh of the Sufi Mawlawi order. Bilal Kuspinar is the author of Ibn Sina’da Bilgi Teorisi and Isma'Il Ankaravi on the Illuminative Philosophy. He is a professor in history of philosophy in the College of Arts, Science, and Education as well as director of the Center for Accreditation and Quality Assurance at Ahlia University, Bahrain. He specializes in medieval Islamic philosophy and mysticism, especially within the context of Ottoman intellectual history. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.