Magie et politique : événements historiques et pensée politique dans le Šams al-maʿārif attribué à al-Būnī (mort en 622/1225)

Abstract : During the late medieval period, the circles of power were very much invested in the occult sciences. Whether we study Christendom or Islamic civilization, rulers, their advisers or their agents promoted astrology, alchemy, magic, etc. As an outstanding example, we find manuscripts of the seminal magical manual Šams al-maʿārif wa-laṭāʾif al-ʿawārif dedicated to prominent individuals. The origins of this treatise remain quite obscure, hence the paucity of research into its historical context. Attributed to Abū l-ʿAbbās al-Būnī, a Maghribi Sufi master supposed to have died in 622/1225, it may rather have been written at the end of the 7th/13th century or in the middle of the 8th/14th, under Mamluk rule. And just as al-Būnī’s tomb was visited as a Sufi shrine, the Šams al-maʿārif is supposed to contain the secrets of this shaykh, famed as “one whose prayers are granted” (muǧāb al-daʿawāt). Our purpose here is to analyse those elements of the Šams al-maʿārif which contain a historical or political dimension in order to draw out some political perspectives and the influence of political thought on this work. Such elements, in turn, may inform us about the historical background of the writing of this book.
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Jean-Charles Coulon. Magie et politique : événements historiques et pensée politique dans le Šams al-maʿārif attribué à al-Būnī (mort en 622/1225). Arabica, Brill Academic Publishers, 2017, 64 (3-4), pp.442-486. ⟨booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15700585-12341463⟩. ⟨10.1163/15700585-12341463⟩. ⟨halshs-01665554⟩

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