The Unveiling of Secrets (Kashf al-Asrār)
Firoozeh Papan-Matin in Collaboration with Michael Fishbein
The Unveiling of Secrets (Kashf al-Asrār) is the visionary autobiography of one of the most significant mystics of twelfth-century Iran, Rūzbihān al-Baqlī (522/1128-606/1209). Written in Arabic, it describes the life of the author primarily as comprised of his mystical visions. Rūzbihān depicts himself in the unseen world (ʿālam al-ghayb) in the company of God, saints, prophets, and angels. His self-portrait in this manner communicates his special status with God. The sublime quality of these visions is well captured in the style of Kashf al-Asrār: the writing is simultaneously simple and clear, but eloquent and rich with extraordinary images.
This is the first critical edition of the manuscipt of Kashf al-Asrār which provides an intriguing case in the genre of Islamic autobiographies.