The maladies of the Nafs and their remedies
Keane, Rachel Catherine
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The Maladies of the Nafs and Their Remedies is a 10th century treatise by Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī which sheds further light on his fusion of two early movements in Islamic Spirituality: Sufism and the Malāmatiyyah Way, also known as the Path of Blame. This thesis will analyze the historical context of Sulamī’s work and demonstrate the importance of Malāma-Sufism to the institutionalization of Sufism in Khurasān. The Maladies of the Nafs and Their Remedies provides insight into the unique Malāmatī-Sufi ethic which combines mysticism, asceticism, and the interiorization of piety. The Maladies of the Nafs and Their Remedies addresses the Malāmatī-Sufi’s perspective on the greatest obstacle to spiritual progress, the Nafs, a perspective which continues to influence Sufism today.