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COLLECTIONSPublished articles, Biographies
TITLEHagiography: The Art of Setting Inspirational Examples for a Religious Community
AUTHOR 1Iscander Micael Tinto
DATE_THIS2016
VOLUME17
TITLE_PARENTLights of Irfan
PAGE_RANGE325-345
PUB_THISHaj Mehdi Arjmand Colloquium
CITY_THISWilmette
ABSTRACTThe life of Jesus was the example against which saints were measured, and the lives of saints were the examples against which the general population measured itself. Comparison of Attar's "Muslim Saints and Mystics" with Abdu'l-Bahá's "Memorials."
NOTES Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #132 (Italy, 2015). Mirrored with permission from irfancolloquia.org/132/tinto_hagiography.
TAGSMemorials of the Faithful (book); Attar; Interfaith dialogue; Islam; Hagiography; Mishkin-Qalam; Shams-i-Duha; Rabiah; Bayazid; Sufism
 
CONTENT
Abstract: This paper presents a mode of suggesting examples of life to a religious community, which is that of hagiography: the story of the lives of the saints. In the Christian world, the life of Jesus was the example against which saints were measured, and the lives of saints were the examples against which the general population measured itself. In the Middle Age hagiography became a literary genre par excellence for teaching a largely illiterate audience.

An example of Muslim hagiography is Tadhkirat al-Awliya, "Muslim Saints and Mystics: Episodes" by the famous poet Attar (c. 1145 – c. 1221). This paper will propose a brief comparison between the two works, using the example of a two biographies in Attar’s work Rābi’a Al-‘Adawiyya and Shaykh Bayazid al-Bistami and two from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Memorials of the Faithful, that is Mishkín Qalam, and Shams-i-Ḍuhá, to show that hagiography offers examples for people to imitate.

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