Thursday, 22 October 2015 17:25

Ḥamza al-Fanṣūrī

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Ḥamza al-Fanṣūrī is the first identifiable Southeast Asian Islamic scholar to leave behind a substantial and systematic body of work. Very little, however, is known about his life; although his nisba suggests he came from Fansur (modern-day Barus, in north Sumatra), little else is certain. As outlined below, however, he apparently travelled to the Middle East (notably Makkah and Baghdad) and subscribed to the Wujūdī brand of Sufism – that is, to the controversial Neo-Platonist brand of mystical philosophy which argues for a unity between God and His creation.  Besides this intellectual pre-occupation, however, most other aspects.......... [click here to download the full article in pdf ]