Ruzbihan Baqli Book

Ruzbihan Baqli

  • Author : Carl W. Ernst
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136104022

Ruzbihan Baqli Excerpt :

The first full-length study devoted tothe life and mystical experiences of one of the outstanding figures in Persian Sufism.

Beauty in Sufism Book

Beauty in Sufism

  • Author : Kazuyo Murata
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438462806

Beauty in Sufism Excerpt :

Analyzes the place of beauty in the Sufi understanding of God, the world, and the human being through the writings of Sufi scholar and saint Rūzbihān Baqlī. According to Muhammad, “God is beautiful and He loves beauty.” Yet, Islam is rarely associated with beauty, and today, a politicized Islam dominates many perceptions. This work tells a forgotten story of beauty in Islam through the writings of celebrated but little-studied Sufi scholar and saint Rūzbihān Baqlī (1128–1209). Rūzbihān argued that the pursuit of beauty in the world and in oneself was the goal of Muslim life. One should become beautiful in imitation of God and reclaim the innate human nature created in God’s beautiful image. Rūzbihān’s theory of beauty is little known, largely because of his convoluted style and eccentric terminology in both Persian and Arabic. In this book, Kazuyo Murata revives Rūzbihān’s ideas for modern readers. She provides an overview of Muslim discourse on beauty before Rūzbihān’s time; an analysis of key terms related to beauty in the Qur’ān, Ḥadīth, and in Rūzbihān’s writings; a reconstruction of Rūzbihān’s understanding of divine, cosmic, and human beauty; and a discussion of what he regards as the pinnacle of beauty in creation, the prophets, especially Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and Muhammad. “Murata opens up a vista on Islam that nobody talks about anymore: the Sufi vision of Islam as a religion of love and adoration of beauty. This is a fascinating book and an impressive achievement. I predict that it will remain the central work on the metaphysics of beauty in Sufism for decades to come.” — Leonard Lewisohn, Senior Lecturer in Persian, University of Exeter

Encyclopedia of Islam Book
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Encyclopedia of Islam

  • Author : Juan Eduardo Campo
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-01-01
  • Genre: Islam
  • Pages : 750
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438126968

Encyclopedia of Islam Excerpt :

Explores the terms, concepts, personalities, historical events, and institutions that helped shape the history of this religion and the way it is practiced today.

The Unveiling of Secrets Book

The Unveiling of Secrets

  • Author : Rūzbihān ibn Abī al-Naṣr Baqlī
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015041375604

The Unveiling of Secrets Excerpt :

"This book opens before us a world of fragrant roses, visions of incredible boldness, described by one of the greatest visionaries in the realm of mystical love in Islam, Ruzbihan. The reader is Transported by this congenial translation into the sphere of Absolute Beauty, and overwhelming Divine Love".


  • Author : Firoozeh Papan-Matin
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004144088

Excerpt :

A unique case in the genre of Islamic autobiographies, this text depicts the life of R?zbih?n al-Baql? (d. 1209) through his mystical visions as he appears in the unseen world (" lam al-ghayb") in the company of God, saints, prophets, and angels.

Saw  nih Book

Saw nih

  • Author : Ahmed Ghazzali
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-10-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317848745

Saw nih Excerpt :

First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis Book
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Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis

  • Author : N. Hanif
  • Publisher : Sarup & Sons
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Sufis
  • Pages : 507
  • ISBN 10 : 8176252662

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Writing the Self Book
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Writing the Self

  • Author : Peter Heehs
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2013-02-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441128157

Writing the Self Excerpt :

Named an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year for 2013 by Choice. The self has a history. In the West, the idea of the soul entered Christianity with the Church Fathers, notably Augustine. During the Renaissance the idea of the individual attained preeminence, as in the works of Montaigne. In the 17th century, philosophers such as Descartes formulated notions of self-hood that did not require a divine foundation; in the next century, Hume grew skeptical of the self's very existence. Ideas of the self have changed markedly since the Romantic period and most scholars today regard it as at best a mental construct. First-person genres such as diaries and memoirs have provided an outlet for self-expression. Protestant diaries replaced the Catholic confessional, but secular diaries such as Pepys's may reveal yet more about the self. After Richardson, novels competed with diaries and memoirs as vehicles of self-expression, though memoirs survived and continue to thrive, while the diary has found a new incarnation in the personal blog. Writing the Self narrates the intertwined histories of the self and of self-expression through first-person literature.

Preaching Islamic Renewal Book

Preaching Islamic Renewal

  • Author : Jacquelene G. Brinton
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520963214

Preaching Islamic Renewal Excerpt :

Preaching Islamic Renewal examines the life and work of Muhammad Mitwalli Sha‘rawi, one of Egypt's most beloved and successful Islamic preachers. His wildly popular TV program aired every Friday for years until his death in 1998. At the height of his career, it was estimated that up to 30 million people tuned in to his show each week. Yet despite his pervasive and continued influence in Egypt and the wider Muslim world, Sha‘rawi was for a long time neglected by academics. While much of the academic literature that focuses on Islam in modern Egypt repeats the claim that traditionally trained Muslim scholars suffered the loss of religious authority, Sha‘rawi is instead an example of a well-trained Sunni scholar who became a national media sensation. As an advisor to the rulers of Egypt as well as the first Arab television preacher, he was one of the most important and controversial religious figures in late-twentieth-century Egypt. Thanks to the repurposing of his videos on television and on the Internet, Sha‘rawi’s performances are still regularly viewed. Jacquelene Brinton uses Sha‘rawi and his work as a lens to explore how traditional Muslim authorities have used various media to put forth a unique vision of how Islam can be renewed and revived in the contemporary world. Through his weekly television appearances he popularized long held theological and ethical beliefs and became a scholar-celebrity who impacted social and political life in Egypt.

Phenomenology and Mysticism Book

Phenomenology and Mysticism

  • Author : Anthony J. Steinbock
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : 9780253221810

Phenomenology and Mysticism Excerpt :

Exploring the first-person narratives of three figures from the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic mystical traditions—St. Teresa of Avila, Rabbi Dov Baer, and RÅ«zbihÄn BaqlÄ«—Anthony J. Steinbock provides a complete phenomenology of mysticism based in the Abrahamic religious traditions. He relates a broad range of religious experiences, or verticality, to philosophical problems of evidence, selfhood, and otherness. From this philosophical description of vertical experience, Steinbock develops a social and cultural critique in terms of idolatry—as pride, secularism, and fundamentalism—and suggests that contemporary understandings of human experience must come from a fuller, more open view of religious experience.

Refractions of Islam in India Book

Refractions of Islam in India

  • Author : Carl W. Ernst
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications India
  • Release Date : 2016-06-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : 9789351509653

Refractions of Islam in India Excerpt :

The essays explore Sufism as it developed in the Indian subcontinent, including translations of previously unavailable texts, and revealing unexpected insights into the lives, practices, and teachings of Indian Muslims over nearly a thousand years. They also trace remarkable moments in the history of Muslim engagement with Indian religious and cultural practices. This includes not only Muslim participation in Indian art and literature, but also the extraordinary role that Sufis have played in the practice of yoga. Employing new approaches to religious studies that avoid essentialism and ideological concepts of religion, and shorn of unnecessary jargon, these compelling essays will be easily accessible to a larger audience.

Conversations with American Writers Book

Conversations with American Writers

  • Author : Dale Brown
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008-04-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802862280

Conversations with American Writers Excerpt :

For years, Dale Brown has interviewed American writers, listening particularly for what they have to say about "wrestling with the sacred" in their writing. In this book, a follow-up to his earlier collection, Of Fiction and Faith, Brown gives readers the opportunity to listen in on his thoughtful conversations with ten contemporary writers.While many of these authors shy away from being labeled "Christian" writers, they all have much truth to tell through their work as they struggle with expressing both faith and doubt. The conversations recorded here offer a fresh dialogue on the power of art to sustain faith in unexpected ways.Interviews with: Eleanor Taylor Bland, David James Duncan, Terence Faherty, Ernest Gaines, Philip Gulley, Ron Hansen, Silas House, Jan Karon, Sheri Reynolds, Lee Smith.

The Saint of Jam Book

The Saint of Jam

  • Author : Shivan Mahendrarajah
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-04-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108839693

The Saint of Jam Excerpt :

Explores the emergence, florescence, decay, and rejuvenation of the Sunni saint cult and shrine-complex of Shaykh al-Islam Ahmad-i Jam over nine-hundred years.

Divine Love in Islamic Mysticism Book

Divine Love in Islamic Mysticism

  • Author : Binyamin Abrahamov
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9780700716074

Divine Love in Islamic Mysticism Excerpt :

The two theories of divine love that are examined in this book have their foundations in Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim ideas. Al-Ghazâlî (twelfth century) was influenced mainly by Plato and Ibn Sina's teachings, while al-Dabbâgh (thirteenth century), who accepted some Ghazâlîan notions, developed a theory of divine love that can be traced back to Neoplatonism. Both scholars created complete theories of divine love that include definitions of love, its causes and signs, the ways to love God, God's love for man, and kinds of love. The book will interest students of theology, philosophy and mysticism in general, and students of Islam in particular.

The Sacred Foundations of Justice in Islam Book

The Sacred Foundations of Justice in Islam

  • Author : M. Ali Lakhani
  • Publisher : World Wisdom, Inc
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781933316260

The Sacred Foundations of Justice in Islam Excerpt :

This is the definitive introduction to the writings of 'Ali, who was the son-in-law to the Prophet Muhammad, the fourth caliph to Sunni Muslims, and the central figure in Shi'a Islam. Two essays in this anthology won awards at the International Congress on Iman 'Ali, Tehran, 2001. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, pronounced them, among the best writings on this extraordinary figure in Western languages and are obligatory reading for anyone interested in 'Ali.