A Sufi Martyr
The Apologia of 'Ain al-Qudat al-Hamadhani
By A.J. Arberry
Routledge – 2008 – 102 pages
Originally published in 1969.
This volume was composed by an eminent Sufi mystic whilst in prison in Baghdad, awaiting execution, in a vain attempt to overthrow his sentence; he was put to death in AD 1311 at the age of 33. This apologia is a document of great poignancy, composed in most elegant Arabic and translated with the customary skill and elegance for which A J Arberry became so well-known.
Introduction. A Treatise Entitled Complaint of a Stranger Exiled from Home 1. Of Faith in God and His Attributes 2. Of Faith in Prophethood 3. Of Faith in the Next World