Sufis And Their Opponents In The Persianate World

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Sufis And Mullahs

Author : Leonard Lewisohn
ISBN : 1949743152
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Contemporary Sufism

Author : Meena Sharify-Funk
ISBN : 9781134879991
Genre : Religion
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What is Sufism? Contemporary views vary tremendously, even among Sufis themselves. Contemporary Sufism: Piety, Politics, and Popular Culture brings to light the religious frameworks that shape the views of Sufism’s friends, adversaries, admirers, and detractors and, in the process, helps readers better understand the diversity of contemporary Sufism, the pressures and cultural openings to which it responds, and the many divergent opinions about contemporary Sufism’s relationship to Islam. The three main themes: piety, politics, and popular culture are explored in relation to the Islamic and Western contexts that shape them, as well as to the historical conditions that frame contemporary debates. This book is split into three parts: • Sufism and anti-Sufism in contemporary contexts; • Contemporary Sufism in the West: Poetic influences and popular manifestations; • Gendering Sufism: Tradition and transformation. This book will fascinate anyone interested in the challenges of contemporary Sufism as well as its relationship to Islam, gender, and the West. It offers an ideal starting point from which undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and lecturers can explore Sufism today.
Category: Religion

Political Quietism In Islam

Author : Saud al-Sarhan
ISBN : 9781838607661
Genre : History
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In recent years, Islam – whether via the derivatives of 'Political Islam' or 'Islamism' – has come to be seen as an 'activist' force in social and political spheres worldwide. What such representations have neglected is the strong countervailing tradition of political quietism. Political quietism in Islam holds that it is not for Muslims to question or oppose their leaders. Rather, the faithful should concentrate on their piety, prayer, religious rituals and personal quest for virtue. This book is the first to analyze the history and meaning of political quietism in Islamic societies. It takes an innovative cross-sectarian approach, investigating the phenomenon and practice across both Sunni and Shi'i communities. Contributors deconstruct and introduce the various forms of political quietisms from the time of the prophetic revelations through to the contemporary era. Chapters cover issues ranging from the politics of public piety among the women preachers in Saudi Arabia, through to the legal discourses in the Caucasus, the different Shi'i communities in Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Pakistan, and the Gülen movement in Azerbaijan. The authors describe a wide range of political quietisms and assess the continuing significance of the tradition, both to the study of Islam and to the modern world today.
Category: History

Routledge Handbook On Sufism

Author : Lloyd Ridgeon
ISBN : 9781351706476
Genre : Political Science
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This is a chronological history of the Sufi tradition, divided in to three sections, early, middle and modern periods. The book comprises 35 independent chapters with easily identifiable themes and/or geographical threads, all written by recognised experts in the field. The volume outlines the origins and early developments of Sufism by assessing the formative thinkers and practitioners and investigating specific pietistic themes. The middle period contains an examination of the emergence of the Sufi Orders and illustrates the diversity of the tradition. This middle period also analyses the fate of Sufism during the time of the Gunpowder Empires. Finally, the end period includes representative surveys of Sufism in several countries, both in the West and in traditional "Islamic" regions. This comprehensive and up-to-date collection of studies provides a guide to the Sufi tradition. The Handbook is a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in religion, Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.
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Awhad Al D N Kirm N And The Controversy Of The Sufi Gaze

Author : Lloyd Ridgeon
ISBN : 9781351675802
Genre : Religion
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Awḥad al-Dīn Kirmānī (d. 1238) was one of the greatest and most colourful Persian Sufis of the medieval period; he was celebrated in his own lifetime by a large number of like-minded followers and other Sufi masters. And yet his form of Sufism was the subject of much discussion within the Islamic world, as it elicited responses ranging from praise and commendation to reproach and contempt for his Sufi practices within a generation of his death. This book assesses the few comments written about Kirmānī by his contemporaries, and also provides a translation from his Persian hagiography, which was written in the generation after his death. The controversy centres on Kirmānī’s penchant for gazing at, and dancing with, beautiful young boys. This anonymous hagiography presents a series of anecdotes that portray Kirmānī’s “virtues”. The book provides an investigation into Kirmānī the individual, but the story has significance that extends much further. The controversy of his form of Sufism occurred at a crucial time in the evolution of Sufi piety and theology. The research herein situates Kirmānī within this critical period, and assesses the various perspectives taken by his contemporaries and near contemporaries. Such views reveal much about the dynamics and developments of Sufism during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, when the Sufi orders (ṭurūq, s. ṭarīqa) began to emerge, and which gave individual Sufis a much more structured and ordered method of engaging in piety, and of presenting the Sufi tradition to society at large. As the first attempt in a Western language to appreciate the significant contribution that Kirmānī made to the medieval Persian Sufi tradition, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Sufi Studies, as well as those interested in Middle Eastern History.
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Sufism In Central Asia

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ISBN : 9789004373075
Genre : Religion
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The studies in this volume mark a new phase in the development of scholarship on Sufi traditions of Central Asia, expanding and deepening the source base, reconceptualizing basic frameworks for understanding Sufi history, and challenging received assumptions and narratives.
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The Legacy Of Medi Val Persian Sufism

Author : Leonard Lewisohn
ISBN : 0933546475
Genre : Civilization, Islamic
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THE LEGACY OF MEDIEVAL PERSIAN SUFISM is a historical overview including: poetics & imagery, history & hagiography, metaphysics & ontology, and Sufi practices & methodology.
Category: Civilization, Islamic


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ISBN : IND:30000136286584
Genre : Sufism
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Islamische Gelehrtenkultur In Nordindien

Author : Jamal Malik
ISBN : 9004107037
Genre : History
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This volume on Islamic scholarship provides new insights into the social and intellectual history of the complex learned culture in Muslim North India from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, by analyzing popular and pietist, traditionalist and reformist movements and institutions.
Category: History

Intimate Heritage

Author : Nathan Light
ISBN : IND:30000125105704
Genre : History
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Over the past 50 years the Sufi poetry of the Uyghur muqam song tradition has been transformed into a cultural canon used to represent the Uyghur ethnic group within China and on world stages. This book compares the cultural materials, skills and contexts of traditional muqam performance with those of the 'modern' repertoire.
Category: History

Figurative Art In Medieval Islam And The Riddle Of Bihz D Of Her T 1465 1535

Author : Michael A. Barry
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114570570
Genre : Art
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"This groundbreaking work elucidates the symbolism and an entire allegorical system in Islamic painting of the Golden Age between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. Barry, a leading expert on art of the Middle East, focuses his study around the work of Bizhâd, the undisputed master of the Persian miniature and an almost mythical personality. Barry's study follows deliberately the tradition of studies by Erwin Panofsky or Emile Mâle on the symbolism of medieval Christian art. It is of considerable importance for the history of Islamic iconography, the study of which lags a century behind that of Byzantine or the Western Middle Ages."--Publisher's description.
Category: Art