عنوان مقاله [English]
To accomplish the research objectives in mystical studies, it is essential to adopt a methodology that is organized, scientific, and consistent with the nature of the field. One of the fundamental issues in mystical research is recognition of the mystical tradition and disposition of every mystic. In fact, explaining the tradition and disposition of the mystics seems to be the first and crucial step in conducting mystical studies. In this paper, we present a method for explicating mystical traditions and dispositions in accordance with the nature of Islamic mysticism. In this method, four pillars (the goal and the ultimate end, method, themes and concepts, and educational system)are identified for the mystical tradition, and three axes (the journey, themes and concepts, and educational system) are determined for mystical disposition. These pillars and axes make it possible to explicate the mystical tradition and disposition of a mystic. In addition, in this paper, Aziz bin Muhammad Nasafi has been selected as a case for discussing the applicability of the method. He strived to choose a path between the two mystical traditions. Accordingly, he adhered to the second tradition in basics and principles, and followed the first mystical tradition in subordinate issues. His mystical disposition is also based on his master’s, Saad al-Din Hamooyeh, mystical disposition, which is of course accompanied with his initiatives in the areas of conduct and ontology.