Palermo 2018

The main topic of  the second edition  was the study of the position and relevance of the concept of Nūr Muḥammadī within Islamic spirituality and literature. The school program was organized around two main activities: one morning study session approximately 2 hrs. plus 1 hr. discussion) and one afternoon lab dedicated to texts analysis. Each morning lesson provided the students with the theoretical (historical and doctrinal) background they needed to explore and discuss a specific aspect of the concept of Nūr Muḥammadī. In the afternoon students worked in groups and had the opportunity to directly confront themselves with the primary Arabic sources that were at the core of each morning session. This allowed a thorough study of the various topics and a more profound understanding of the textual and intellectual traditions that stemmed out from the notion of Light of the Prophet Muhammad. The school was hosted by the Scuola di Lingua italiana per Stranieri/ Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche/University of Palermo (IT) local partner and co-organizer of the school.

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Nūr ʻalā Nūr

The lessons addressed earliest textual evidences of the concept of Nūr Muḥammadī, from the so-­called “ḥadīṯ Ǧābir” to the Sufi commentaries that used this prophetic tradition as a basis for the development of a complex metaphysical doctrine and a large corpus of devotional texts and practices. The sources analysis started with the Muṣannaf of ʻAbd al-­Razzāq, and then moved to the development of these traditions in dalā’il and ḫaṣā’iṣ nabawiya (Ibn Diḥya, ʻIzz al-­Dīn b. ʻAbd al-­Salām, al-­Suyūṭī, al-­Qaṣtallanī). Metaphysical aspects of the Nūr Muḥammadī were discussed on the basis of chapter 6 of Ibn ʻArabī’s Futūḥāt al-­‐Makkiyya and other texts from exponents of the akbarian school, like Farġānī and al-­‐Ǧīlī.
As metaphysical developments stemming out from the notion of Light of the Prophet were not confined to the esoteric domain, lessons also dealt with devotional poetry (like the Burda and the Hamziyya of al-­Būṣīrī) and prayer on the Prophet (as in the Dalā’il al-­ḫayrāt of al-­Ǧazūlī and in al-­Nabahānī’s Afḍal ṣalawāt ʻalā al-­Nabī) that helped popularizing the ideas rooted in ḥadīṯ traditions and in their Sufi elaborations. This showed how all these trends did not grow separated from each other, but represent a single thread that runs throughout Islamic history.

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