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The Oldest Persian Treatise on Sufism 

BY Ali B Usman Al Jullabi Hujwiri
Translated by Prof. Renold A Nocholson
Hardback 442 Pages
Published by Darul Ishaat Pakistan

Originally written in Persian, translated by an Orientalist and the current Print Quality is not excellent. However it is a useful book for anyone interested in the study of Sufism

Abul Hasan Ali bin Usman Al-Hujwiri Al-Jullabi Al-Ghazanwi was born probably in Ghazni (Hujwir) where his family had settled and the members of which were held in high esteem for piety and learning. He was known as Ali Al-Hujwiri Al-Jullabi, Al-Ghazanwi because he lived for a long time in Hujwir and Jullab, the two suburbs (Mazafat) or quarters (Mohallas) of the city of Ghazni. Little is known of his early life or his education. Amongst his teachers, he mentions Abul Abbas bin Muhammad Al-ShaqaniAli Al-Hujwiri died on the twentieth of the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal 465 H.E. The date, the month and year are all conjectural. Most of the early writers are agreed on the year 455 H. E. on the basis of the various chronograms incorporating the year of his death.

 Prof. Nicholson has suggests  he died between 465 and 469. Mr. Yahya Habibi in a well-argued article published in the Oriental College Magazine, Lahore (Volume 36, pp. 27-43) has examined the question of the year of death on the basis of Kashf-ul-Mahjub, and the internal evidence it provides of the dates of death of those of his contemporaries with whom Al-Hujwiri was in close touch. He has come to the following conclusions:

(1)That Kashf-ul-Mahjub was completed sometimes between 481 and 500, A.H. 
(2) That he  died sometimes between 481-500 A.H.

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