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Sufism & Islamic mysticism

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Mysticism in Iran The Safavid Roots of a Modern Concept

Mysticism in Iran The Safavid Roots of a Modern Concept

Author: Ata Anzali Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2017

Mysticism in Iran is an in-depth analysis of significant transformations in the religious landscape of Safavid Iran that led to the marginalization of Sufism and the eventual emergence of `irfan as an alternative Shi`i model of spirituality. Ata Anzali draws on a treasure-trove of manuscripts from Iranian archives to offer an original study of the transformation of Safavid Persia from a majority Sunni country to a Twelver Shi`i realm. The work straddles social and intellectual history, beginning with an examination of late Safavid social and religious contexts in which Twelver religious scholars launched a successful campaign against Sufism with the tacit approval of the court. This led to the social, political, and economic marginalization of Sufism, which was stigmatized as an illegitimate mode of piety rooted in a Sunni past. Anzali directs the reader's attention to creative and successful attempts by other members of the ulama to incorporate the Sufi tradition into the new Twelver milieu. He argues that the category of `irfan, or mysticism, was invented at the end of the Safavid period by mystically minded scholars such as Shah Muhammad Darabi and Qutb al-Din Nayrizi in reference to this domesticated form of Sufism. Key aspects of Sufi thought and practice were revisited in the new environment, which Anzali demonstrates by examining the evolving role of the spiritual master. This traditional Sufi function was reimagined by Shi`i intellectuals to incorporate the guidance of the infallible imams and their deputies, the ulama. Anzali goes on to address the institutionalization of `irfan in Shi`i madrasas and the role played by prominent religious scholars of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in this regard. The book closes with a chapter devoted to fascinating changes in the thought and practice of `irfan in the twentieth century during the transformative processes of modernity. Focusing on the little-studied figure of Kayvan Qazvini and his writings, Anzali explains how `irfan was embraced as a rational, science-friendly, nonsectarian, and anticlerical concept by secular Iranian intellectuals.

The Pocket Rumi

The Pocket Rumi

Author: Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2017

The Persian Sufis

The Persian Sufis

Author: Cyprian Rice Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/07/2017

The author was first introduced to Persian studies when, as a `Student Interpreter' in the Levant Consular Service, he studied Arabic, Persian and Turkish. He realized the value of Persian thought in any attempt to draw East and West together. This book, first published in 1964, is the product of many years of close and constant contact with many Persian writers and academics.

Nizam Ad-Din Awliya Morals for the Heart

Nizam Ad-Din Awliya Morals for the Heart

Author: Amir Hasan Sijzi, Zia Inayat-Khan Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2017

Unveiling Sufism From Manhattan to Mecca

Unveiling Sufism From Manhattan to Mecca

Author: William Rory Dickson, Meena Sharify-Funk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2017

In contrast to most introductory texts on Sufism, this work begins not with the historical past, but with the contemporary present. Beginning with Sufism as it is lived today, each chapter further unveils the complexities of Sufism, journeying through a variety of historical, political, and cultural contexts, moving deeper into the past, and closer to the origin and heart of Sufism. This geneological framework will enable the reader to understand the patterns of connection between contemporary manifestations of Sufism and past realities. To ensure that the full range of Sufism's varied expressions is taken into account, each chapter is divided into four sections: Politics and Power, Philosophy and Metaphysics, Arts and Culture, and Overview of Historical Developments. Dividing chapters into these four broad categories enables the book to highlight some of the ways in which Sufism has influenced Muslim politics, philosophy, art, and culture in each historical period. In each category the relevant issues are illustrated through detailed case studies, whether of a particular Sufi figure, place, artistic expression, or philosophical view. This allows the reader to develop a genuinely three-dimensional appreciation of Sufism, neither reducing it to a private mystical experience divorced from social expression, nor limiting the tradition to historical names and dates.

Unveiling Sufism From Manhattan to Mecca

Unveiling Sufism From Manhattan to Mecca

Author: William Rory Dickson, Meena Sharify-Funk Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2017

In contrast to most introductory texts on Sufism, this work begins not with the historical past, but with the contemporary present. Beginning with Sufism as it is lived today, each chapter further unveils the complexities of Sufism, journeying through a variety of historical, political, and cultural contexts, moving deeper into the past, and closer to the origin and heart of Sufism. This geneological framework will enable the reader to understand the patterns of connection between contemporary manifestations of Sufism and past realities. To ensure that the full range of Sufism's varied expressions is taken into account, each chapter is divided into four sections: Politics and Power, Philosophy and Metaphysics, Arts and Culture, and Overview of Historical Developments. Dividing chapters into these four broad categories enables the book to highlight some of the ways in which Sufism has influenced Muslim politics, philosophy, art, and culture in each historical period. In each category the relevant issues are illustrated through detailed case studies, whether of a particular Sufi figure, place, artistic expression, or philosophical view. This allows the reader to develop a genuinely three-dimensional appreciation of Sufism, neither reducing it to a private mystical experience divorced from social expression, nor limiting the tradition to historical names and dates.

Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization The Mystics of al-Andalus: Ibn Barrajan and Islamic Thought in the Twelfth Century

Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization The Mystics of al-Andalus: Ibn Barrajan and Islamic Thought in the Twelfth Century

Author: Yousef (University of Chicago) Casewit Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2017

The twelfth century CE was a watershed moment for mysticism in the Muslim West. In al-Andalus, the pioneers of this mystical tradition, the Mu'tabirun or 'Contemplators', championed a synthesis between Muslim scriptural sources and Neoplatonic cosmology. Ibn Barrajan of Seville was most responsible for shaping this new intellectual approach, and is the focus of Yousef Casewit's book. Ibn Barrajan's extensive commentaries on the divine names and the Qur'an stress the significance of God's signs in nature, the Arabic bible as a means of interpreting the Qur'an, and the mystical crossing from the visible to the unseen. With an examination of the understudied writings of both Ibn Barrajan and his contemporaries, Ibn al-'Arif and Ibn Qasi, as well as the wider socio-political and scholarly context in al-Andalus, this book will appeal to researchers of the medieval Islamic world and the history of mysticism and Sufism in the Muslim West.

Little Book of Mystical Secrets

Little Book of Mystical Secrets

Author: Maryam Mafi Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2017

At long last, an accessible little book that focuses on the teachings of Rumi's teacher and inspiration, Shams of Tabriz. Included in this slim, charming volume is a biographical sketch of the great Sufi teacher and mystic and a new translation of 500 of his core teachings that bring into fresh focus the meaning and mysteries of life and love. There are many books on Rumi and many translations of his works and yet most readers are unaware of how Rumi became a mystic. Shams, an Arabic word that means the sun, was the catalyst that converted the rather resolute and ascetic Rumi, the cleric and teacher, into Rumi, the passionate disciple of the religion of love. He was the agent of the propulsive mystical energy that transformed Rumi the reticent into Rumi the ecstatic poet. Rumi lovers, spiritual seekers and devotees of the mystical path will meet this little book of wisdom and mystical secrets with enthusiasm. 'I shall not place you in my heart, For you may get hurt by its wounds. I won't keep you in my eyes,For I may belittle you andexpose you to the ridicule of common men. I will hide you inside my soul, not in my heart or in my eyes,so that you may become one with my breath.

The Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib

The Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib

Author: Muhammad Ibn Al-Habib Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2017

A Sufi Apologist of Nishapur The Life and Thought of Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sulami

A Sufi Apologist of Nishapur The Life and Thought of Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sulami

Author: S. Z. Chowdhury Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2017

Abu cAbd al-Rahman Muhammad b. al-Husayn al-Sulami (d.412/1021) lived in the 3rd and 4th century AH / 9th and 10th century CE. He was born in the city of Nishapur, one of the most renowned cities in the Islamic world. He was part of a line of earlier Sufi figures who attempted to defend the cardinal tenets of Sufism from accusations of heresy. However al-Sulami's surpassed his predecessors by amassing a corpus of antecedent mystical dicta from the architects of Islamic mysticism and substantiating them with transmission channels (isnad) or grounding them in a core teaching of the Prophet Muhammad. This study demonstrates that al-Sulami was an accomplished mystic. It outlines his life and times and surveys in full all his works as far as they can be identified. Moreover, the important sources that shaped the development and impression of his thinking and modality of transforming the ego-self (nafs) are presented in detail bringing together earlier and current academic scholarship on him.