Alone with The Beloved - The Words of Ali B. Al Ḥusayn In the Sahifa Al Sajjadiyya
|Author||Mahmood G. Dhalla|
The book Alone with The Beloved - The Words of Ali B. Al Ḥusayn In the Sahifa Al Sajjadiyya is the first serious research of the Ṣaḥīfa and focuses to reconstruct its context, based on the thesis that to understand a text is to follow its dynamics, its movement from what it says to that which it discloses, including a biography, investigation into authenticity, an exploration of style and themes and conclusion.
About the book[edit | edit source]
This book was a thesis submitted to the University of Birmingham in Department of Theology and Religion University of Birmingham 1st June 2012 and was published in January 1, 2020. It has best sellers rank of 3,791,581 in Kindle Store. In this research the author intends to study and reconstruct the historical context in which the Ṣaḥīfa was produced. He also hopes to be able to show how a demythologized Alī b. al-Ḥusayn as a historical figure represents the contemporary human aspirations.
Abstract of chapters[edit | edit source]
Chapter 1: Prologue[edit | edit source]
This chapter is about the objectives for study, the book of Sajjād, one of the oldest prayer texts in the Islamic tradition. In order to have a better appreciation of the context of the Ṣaḥīfa, the circumstances and environment within which they were produced and to provide a wider perspective of the life ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn, the author begins with seeking to explore the milieu contemporary to him and prior to him, during the life of his great grandfather Prophet Muḥammad.
Chapter 2: The Ṣaḥīfa and ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn: An insight into their Context and Setting[edit | edit source]
This chapter is about context and setting of the study, contemporary thoughts and trends of the time in which the Ṣaḥīfa was gathered such as the social, political, theological, the state of affairs and characteristics of the time. The author also relates the massacre at Karbalā in this part.
Chapter 3: Life and Works of ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn[edit | edit source]
The author in this part draws a picture of Alī b. al-Ḥusayn’s life and personality, and provides a closer glance of his mindset.
Chapter 4: The place of the Ṣaḥīfa al-Sajjādiyya[edit | edit source]
In this part the author moves forward to seek investigating the text as a textual production observing its historical background, tracing its origins and transmissions, continuing to undertake a critical study of the text’s authenticity, attempting to apply both traditional Islamic and contemporary Western methods. And at the end of this chapter, he provides an account of reports of what has been said of the Ṣaḥīfa.
Chapter 5: The Style and Themes in the Ṣaḥīfa Sajjādiyya[edit | edit source]
In this chapter the author explores the style and salient themes found across the Ṣaḥīfa, before finally arriving at the closing remarks and conclusion. There are also some relevant references to the Qur’ān Yūsuf ʿAlī’s translation.