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Table of Contents Preface and Acknowledgements 4 Translator's Introduction 7 I. Ostad Elahi's Life and Works: 8 - Childhood and Youth 9 - Professional Life and Judicial Career 12 - The Final Period: Writing and Teaching 17 - Ostad Elahi's Published Works: the Place of "Knowing the Spirit" 19 II. Historical Contexts: the Audience, Language and Structure of Ma'rifat ar-Ruh 20 - The "Three Sources": Rational Argument, Religious Tradition, and Spiritual Experience 23 - Allusion and Realization 26 - The Basic Structure of Knowing the Spirit: "The Origin and the Return" 29 III. The Contemporary Significance of Knowing the Spirit: 32 The Persian Text and Translation Conventions 36 Translation of KNOWING THE SPIRIT Original Table of Contents 40 Introduction 52 Chapter One: Establishing the Existence of the Divine Artisan 56 Chapter Two: The Spirit: 72 Chapter Three: The Gathering, Reawakening, and Returning (of the Spirit) in the realm of Return 80 Chapter Four: The Purely Bodily Return 88 Chapter Five: The Purely Spiritual Return 94 Chapter Six: The Harmonization of a Bodily and Spiritual Return 100 Chapter Seven: The (Spirit's) Return by Way of the Process of Perfection 103 Chapter Eight: The Views of the Proponents of Transmigration 135 Conclusion 146 Notes to the Introduction 147 Notes to the Translation 163 Bibliography: A. References originally cited by Ostad Elahi: 193 B. Works cited in the Translator's Introduction and Notes: 196 Index 2
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Soul -- Islam.