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3 2019, 10(39): 127-144 Back to browse issues page
The Sabbath and Religious Hierarchy in the Thought of Nāṣir- i Khusraw
Shafique N. Virani , Zeinab Farokhi, Jairan Gahan
Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, Director of the Center for South Asian Civilizations, and past chair of the Department of Historical Studies
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The notion of the days of creation, culminating in the hallowed seventh day, or Sabbath, is found in all three Abrahamic faiths. While some believers held to a literal understanding of these days, others insisted that the doctrine had profound esoteric import. In the Islamic tradition, those who championed the role of intellect in understanding faith and scripture advocated the use of symbolic interpretation (taʾwīl). The Arabic word taʾwīl means to cause something to return to its origin or source. Among the most ardent advocates of symbolic interpretation were the Ismailis, one of the two major branches of Shīʿī Islam. This article explores how Ḥakīm Nāṣir-i Khusraw, the famous Persian poet and Ismaili dignitary, understood the days of creation and their relationship to a hierarchy of religion (ḥudūd-i dīn) who led believers to ultimate salvation.

Keywords: Ismaili, Sabbath, taʾwīl, Nasir-i Khusraw, Quran, hermeneutics, creation, time, hierarchy, resurrection
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2017/08/20 | Accepted: 2018/03/1
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N. Virani S, farokhi Z, Gahan J. The Sabbath and Religious Hierarchy in the Thought of Nāṣir- i Khusraw. 3. 2019; 10 (39) :127-144
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Volume 10, Issue 39 (HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM , 2019) Back to browse issues page
فصلنامه مطالعات تاریخ اسلام A Quarterly Journal of Historical Studies of Islam
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