عنوان مقاله [English]
Anis al-Ṭalebin wa ʿOddat al-Salekin, an influential theosophical (ʿerfan) source from the 8th century (14th century AD), focuses on the life and teachings of Khajeh Bahaoddin Naqshband, the founder of the Naqshbandieh order. Written shortly after his death, the work was later condensed and adapted into a shorter version. This paper aims to explore the reasons behind this adaptation. Although the full text of Anis al-Ṭalebin has been published, the shorter version remains unpublished. To bridge this gap and before publishing the shorter version, the authors compare the two versions using the existing manuscripts and the printed edition of the full text. This comparative analysis offers insights into the differences between the two versions. Initially, the paper examines the significance of the original work and the author. It then proceeds to analyze the divergences by closely examining textual choices and presenting the findings in tables. Through this process, the study establishes that the shorter version is not a mere adaptation of the original. Rather, the producer of the condensed work crafted an independent text by selectively adding, omitting, and modifying phrases, sentences, and stories. Consequently, a critical edition, publication, and further research on the shorter version as an independent work is essential.