By Kazuyo Murata
According to Muhammad, “God is gorgeous and He loves beauty.” but, Islam isn't linked to good looks, and at the present time, a politicized Islam dominates many perceptions. This paintings tells a forgotten tale of good looks in Islam in the course of the writings of celebrated yet little-studied Sufi student and saint Rūzbihān Baqlī (1128–1209). Rūzbihān argued that the pursuit of good looks on the planet and in oneself used to be the aim of Muslim existence. One should still develop into attractive in imitation of God and reclaim the innate human nature created in God’s attractive photograph. Rūzbihān’s concept of good looks is little recognized, principally as a result of his convoluted variety and whimsical terminology in either Persian and Arabic. during this ebook, Kazuyo Murata revives Rūzbihān’s rules for contemporary readers. She offers an summary of Muslim discourse on good looks ahead of Rūzbihān’s time; an research of key words with regards to good looks within the Qur’ān, Ḥadīth, and in Rūzbihān’s writings; a reconstruction of Rūzbihān’s knowing of divine, cosmic, and human attractiveness; and a dialogue of what he regards because the top of good looks in construction, the prophets, particularly Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and Muhammad.
Kazuyo Murata is Lecturer in Islamic reviews at King’s collage London and coeditor (with Mohammed Rustom and Atif Khalil) of In seek of the misplaced center: Explorations in Islamic Thought via William C. Chittick, additionally released through SUNY Press.
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