Clearing the Soul for Paradise (Taslīk al-nafs ilā ḥaẓīrat al-quds) is a concise but comprehensive summa of theology, which al-ʿAllāma al-Ḥillī composed for his son at a midpoint of his career. It addresses all fields of knowledge one needs for informed and grounded belief, from the instrument of logic, through general metaphysics and natural philosophy, to theology, religious ethics, and eschatology. Ḥillī approaches each topic as a focus of debate, marching forth the diverging positions of the full range of earlier theologians (mutakallimūn) and the Peripatetic philosophers. The book is thus designed to engage the inquisitive reader and provides an excellent tool for teaching the foundations of theology.
Jari Kaukua is Professor of philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He specialises in Avicenna's philosophy and its reception in the Islamic world. He is the author of the award-winning book Self-Awareness in Islamic Philosophy (CUP 2015) as well as a number of articles in leading journals of the field.