Moheb Deif

The Prophet Joseph  in the Hermeneutic-Esoteric Tradition of Abū ‘Abd al-Raḥmān b. al-Ḥusayn al-Sulamī (d. 412/1021): 

A Critical Edition of Ḥaqā’iq al-Tafsīr Manuscripts

Moheb Deif


Curriculum: Islam

Tutor: Demetrio Giordani (Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

The research intends to trace the speculative path of Sheikh Abū ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Sulamī (325/937 – 412/1021) related to the allegorical interpretation of the story of the prophet Joseph, on the basis of his two main hermeneutic-esoteric works (al-tafsīr al-išārī), namely Ḥaqā’iq al-tafsīr and Ziyādāt ḥaqā’iq al-tafsīr.

The final aim is to create a critical edition in Arabic followed by an Italian translation, and above all to fill in a significant gap identified in a previous work of the only published non-critical Arabic edition that intended to cover the entire chapters of the Ḥaqā’iq.

The reconstruction of the Arabic text will be based on four manuscripts dating back to two different eras; precisely two from the thirteenth/fourteenth century, i.e. almost 250/350 years after the death of Sulamī, while the other two are from the seventeenth century and therefore approximately 600/660 years after his disappearance.