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Khomeini, Wilāya, and the Influence of Ibn ʿArabī

  • Leila Chamankhah
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Part of the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History book series (ITLH)

Abstract

In this chapter, the author seeks to analyze Khomeini’s mystical writings to study his conceptualizations of wilāya as well as his contribution to both Ṣadrı̄an philosophy and Akbarı̄an mysticism. Khomeini was a student of the School of Mullā Ṣadrā, and the mark of Akbarı̄an mysticism on his ʿirfān was in large part due to the sages of the School of Tehran. Parallel to his inspiration from the School of Tehran, Khomeini was largely stunned by al-Shaykh al-Akbar’s mysticism, directly and through Ibn ʿArabı̄’s disciples and exponents who had written commentaries and glosses on Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam. The author also studies the genealogy of the theory of wilāyat al-faqı̄h, generating from Khomeini’s glosses on Qayṣarı̄’s text entitled Taʿlı̄qah ʿalā Sharḥ al-Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam, as well as the conceptualization of wilāya, nubuwwa, and imamate in his mystical texts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leila Chamankhah
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  1. 1.University of DaytonDaytonUSA

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