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Jalāl Al-Dīn Al-Suyūṭī: An Historical Contextualization Between Life and Works

Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyuṭī (1445-1505), as a religious scholar of the Egyptian Mamluk era, one of the most prominent scholars of the pre-modern Islamic world, is the most prolific author in all of Islamic literature, with both a rich and diverse literary output. After a brief outline of the life, works and historical period in which the late-fifteenth century polymath lived, in the present essay attempts have been made to explore and highlight all the episodes of al-Suyuṭī‘s personal life and the background and context in which he operated that, most likely, influenced him to the point of making him reflect, argue and debate on life after death and, consequently, produce literature focused on eschatological themes, with the specific mention of some of these works.

Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyuṭī (1445-1505), en tant que savant religieux de l’ère mamelouke égyptienne, l’un des plus éminents savants du monde islamique pré-moderne, est l’auteur le plus prolifique de toute la littérature islamique, avec une production littéraire à la fois riche et diversifiée. Après un bref aperçu de la vie, de l’œuvre et de la période historique dans laquelle a vécu ce polymathe de la fin du XVe siècle, nous avons tenté, dans le présent essai, d’explorer et de mettre en lumière tous les épisodes de la vie personnelle d’al-Suyuṭī ainsi que l’arrière-plan et le contexte dans lesquels il opérait qui, très probablement, l’ont influencé au point de le faire réfléchir, argumenter et débattre sur la vie après la mort et, par conséquent, produire une littérature axée sur des thèmes eschatologiques; nous mentionnerons spécifiquement certaines de ces œuvres.

إنّ جلال الدين السيوطي (1445-1505)، عالم دين من العصر المملوكي المصري، وأحد أبرز علماء ما قبل العصر الإسلامي الحديث. ويُعتبرُ من أكثر مؤلفي الأدب الإسلامي إنتاجًا إذ قدّمَ أعمالاً أدبيةً غنيةً ومتنوِّعةً. بعد عرضِ لمحة موجزة عن حياة فقيه أواخر القرن الخامس عشر وأعماله والفترة التاريخية التي عاش فيها، بذلنا في هذا المقال محاولات لنستكشفَ ونسلّط الضوءَ على جميع مراحل حياة السيوطي الشخصية وعلى الخلفية والسياق اللذَين عملَ فيهما. ذلك أنّ هذه العوامل مجتمعةً تركت فيه على الأرجح، أثراً كبيراً دفعَه إلى التفكيرِ في الحياة ما بعد الموت ومجادلتها ومناقشتها وبالتالي إلى إنتاجِ أدب حول موضوعات إسخاتولوجيّة. وسنعمد بعد ذلك إلى ذكر بعضٍ من هذه الأعمال.

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