Risalah Shihabuddin
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Risalah Shihabuddin


G.W.J. Drewes, Directions for Travellers on the Mystic Path, The Hague: Nijhoff, 1977. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 81.


MS SOAS 12247, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.


text:  1750s;    manuscript:  1783.


text:  Palembang;    manuscript:  probably Palembang, collected by Marsden.


4001 words.


to the pages (1-27) of the manuscript, indicated in the printed edition.

Editorial notes
This text is the the first portion of a manuscript containing a variety of texts: a Qadiriah tract, notes on the three stages on the path to God, and notes on formulae, spells, and a catechism.   Only the first text, the Risālah by Shihabuddin is offered here.
Shihabuddin was a theologian at Palembang.  According to Drewes his Risālah is loosely based on Fath al-Rahmān of Zakariyyā’ al-Ansārī.  Its aim is to curb the excesses of popular mysticism, stressing the unabated validity of the Law.
Drewes' use of parentheses to indicate editorial additions and suppressions have been brought into line with MCP practice:
[ ] signal editorial additions -- in the printed text ( )
( ) signal text present in the manuscript but better omitted -- in the printed text [ ]
Added:  May 2006
The text was scanned in Canberra by the MCP using Recognita™ OCR, and adapted.