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Sufism & Islamic mysticism

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The Dermis Probe

The Dermis Probe

Author: Idries Shah Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2019

The Dermis Probe

The Dermis Probe

Author: Idries Shah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2019

Revival from Below The Deoband Movement and Global Islam

Revival from Below The Deoband Movement and Global Islam

Author: Brannon D. Ingram Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/2019

The Deoband movement-a revivalist movement within Sunni Islam that quickly spread from colonial India to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and even the United Kingdom and South Africa-has been poorly understood and sometimes feared. Despite being one of the most influential Muslim revivalist movements of the last two centuries, Deoband's connections to the Taliban have dominated the attention it has received from scholars and policy-makers alike. Revival from Below offers an important corrective, reorienting our understanding of Deoband around its global reach, which has profoundly shaped the movement's history. In particular, the author tracks the origins of Deoband's controversial critique of Sufism, how this critique travelled through Deobandi networks to South Africa, as well as the movement's efforts to keep traditionally educated Islamic scholars (`ulama) at the center of Muslim public life. The result is a nuanced account of this global religious network that argues we cannot fully understand Deoband without understanding the complex modalities through which it spread beyond South Asia.

Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya

Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya

Author: Rkia Elaroui Cornell Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya is a figure shrouded in myth. Certainly a woman by this name was born in Basra, Iraq, in the eighth century, but her life remains recorded only in legends, stories, poems and hagiographies. The various depictions of her - as a deeply spiritual ascetic, an existentialist rebel and a romantic lover - seem impossible to reconcile, and yet Rabi`a has transcended these narratives to become a global symbol of both Sufi and modern secular culture. In this groundbreaking study, Rkia Elaroui Cornell traces the development of these diverse narratives and provides a history of the iconic Rabi`a's construction as a Sufi saint. Combining medieval and modern sources, including evidence never before examined, in novel ways, Rabi`a From Narrative to Myth is the most significant work to emerge on this quintessential figure in Islam for more than seventy years.

Humanist Mystics Nationalism and the Commemoration of Saints in Turkey

Humanist Mystics Nationalism and the Commemoration of Saints in Turkey

Author: Mark Soileau Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2018

When the Ottoman Empire met its demise in the early twentieth century, the new Republic of Turkey closed down the Sufi orders, rationalizing that they were antimodern. Yet the nascent nation, faced with defining its cultural heritage, soon began to promote the legacies of three Sufi saints: Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, Haci Bektas Veli, and Yunus Emre. Their Turkish ethnicity, along with universalist themes found in their poetry and legends-of love, peace, fellowship, and tolerance-became the focus of their commemoration. With this reinterpretation of their characters-part of a broader secularist project-these saints came to be considered the great Turkish humanists. Their veneration came to play an important role in the nationalist formulation of Turkish culture, but the universalism of their humanism has exposed fissures in society over the place of religion in the nation. Humanist Mystics is the first book to examine Islam and secularism within Turkish nationalist ideology through the lens of commemorated saints. Soileau surveys Anatolian and Turkish religious and political history as the context for his closer attention to the lives and influence of these three Sufi saints. By comparing premodern hagiographic and scholarly representations with twentieth-century monographs, literary works, artistic media, and commemorative ceremonies, he shows how the saints have been transformed into humanist mystics and how this change has led to debates about their character and relevance.

Revival from Below The Deoband Movement and Global Islam

Revival from Below The Deoband Movement and Global Islam

Author: Brannon D. Ingram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2018

The Deoband movement-a revivalist movement within Sunni Islam that quickly spread from colonial India to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and even the United Kingdom and South Africa-has been poorly understood and sometimes feared. Despite being one of the most influential Muslim revivalist movements of the last two centuries, Deoband's connections to the Taliban have dominated the attention it has received from scholars and policy-makers alike. Revival from Below offers an important corrective, reorienting our understanding of Deoband around its global reach, which has profoundly shaped the movement's history. In particular, the author tracks the origins of Deoband's controversial critique of Sufism, how this critique travelled through Deobandi networks to South Africa, as well as the movement's efforts to keep traditionally educated Islamic scholars (`ulama) at the center of Muslim public life. The result is a nuanced account of this global religious network that argues we cannot fully understand Deoband without understanding the complex modalities through which it spread beyond South Asia.

The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy Ibn Sina, Suhrawardi, Shahrazuri and Beyond

The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy Ibn Sina, Suhrawardi, Shahrazuri and Beyond

Author: L. W. C. van Lit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2018

One of the most controversial issues that divided Islamic philosophers and theologians during the Middle Ages was whether human beings would have a spiritual or bodily existence after death. The idea of a world of image was conceived as a solution, suggesting that there exists a world of non-physical (imagined) bodies, beyond our earthly existence. This world may be reached in sleep, in meditation or after death.From the embryonic conception by Ibn Sina, to the radical rethinking by Suhrawardi and Shahrazuri into a sophisticated system, L. W. C. van Lit unravels the history of this idea. Using a distant reading approach for measuring the transmission, he further shows how the idea remained relevant for Muslim thinkers through the centuries, up until today.

Journey to the Beloved Sufi Poems by Yunus Emre

Journey to the Beloved Sufi Poems by Yunus Emre

Author: Yunus Emre Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2018

Rumi Comes to America How the Poet of Mystical Love Arrived on Our Shores

Rumi Comes to America How the Poet of Mystical Love Arrived on Our Shores

Author: Bruce Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2018

Sufism and Early Islamic Piety Personal and Communal Dynamics

Sufism and Early Islamic Piety Personal and Communal Dynamics

Author: Arin (University of Haifa, Israel) Salamah-Qudsi Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Sufism and Early Islamic Piety: Personal and Communal Dynamics offers a new story about the formative period of Sufism. Through a fresh reading of diverse Sufi and non-Sufi sources, Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi reveals the complexity of personal and communal aspects of Sufi piety in the period between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. Her study also sheds light on the interrelationships and conflicts of early Sufis through emphasising that early Sufism was neither a quietist or a completely individual mode of piety. Salamah-Qudsi reveals how the early Sufis' commitment to the Islamic ideal of family life lead to different creative arrangements among them in order to avoid contradictions with this ideal and the mystical ideal of solitary life. Her book enables a deeper understanding of the development of Sufism in light of the human concerns and motivations of its founders.