[The Book of Illumination By Ibn Ata; Allah] The Book of Illumination
Kitab al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir
Ibn Ata' Allah Al-Iskandari (d 1309)
Translated from the Arabic by Dr. Scott Kugle (Swarthmore University)
The Book of Illumination is a translation of al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir, a Sufi text composed by the Muslim saint and jurist, Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari. The text is about avoiding the anxieties associated with rational calculation, hoarding wealth, and exercising self-interest. It consists of ethical commentary on the Qur'an, traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, and examples of North African Sufi masters. The author meant it to be an ethical introduction to Sufi mysticism, a first stepping-stone for aspirants who would experience spiritual intimacy with God within the framework of Islamic ethics and law.