The Discourses: Reflections on History, Sufism and Theology

Many essay concerning Moroccan historical background, Sufism in particular, as well as religious and cultural life

Al-Hasan al-Yusi was arguably the most well-known and influential Moroccan intellectual of his time. In 1084/1685 at the age of about fifty-four, after a long and distinguished life as a scholar, his Amazigh scholar of the Middle Atlas began writing a collection of essays that covered various topics. 

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Three years later, they were completed and published under the name Discourses of Language and Literature ( al-Muhadarat f l-adab wa-l) They provide an in-depth look at the diverse academic interests of an enthused and accomplished Moroccan scholar, with topics such as genealogy, religion, Sufism historical, social etiquette.

Alongside expressing the author’s interests in intellectual discourse, The Discourses includes a variety of autobiographical tales which provide valuable insights into the development of Morocco as well as changes from Saadian and the Alaouite family, which took place during the lifetime of al-Yusi. 

In translation in English to the world for the first time the Discourses provides readers with access to the intellectual world of that early-modern Muslim world through an author who talks candidly and honestly about his life experiences and his interactions with the country’s rulers scholars, commoners, and rulers.

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About the Author

Al-Hasan al-Yusi (d. 1102/1691) was a major eleventh/seventeenth-century Moroccan scholar and a prolific author of books on a wide variety of subjects, including Flowers from the Greatest Proverbs and Sayings.

Justin Stearns is Associate Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is the co-author of Infectious Ideas The spread of infectious ideas throughout Pre-Modern Islamic as well as Christian Thought in the Western Mediterranean and Unveiled Sciences the Science of Nature: The Sciences of Islam during Seventeenth-Century Morocco.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ NYU Press
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 530 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0814764576
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0814764572
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.15 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.31 x 9 inches
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