Muslim Women Mystics: The Life and Work of Rábiʻa and Other Women Mystics in Islám

Front Cover
Oneworld Publications, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 249 pages
1 Review
Offering authoritative coverage of an increasingly popular area, this is atimulating introduction to both the life and times of the great Sufi thinker,ab'ia of Basra, and to the contribution made by other women mystics to theich heritage of Islam. Drawing on a wide array of sources, from the words ofenth-century thinkers to the works of modern scholars, Margaret Smithrovides a clear and accessible guide, not only to Rab'ia's remarkable life,ut also to her asceticism, her miracles, and her teachings and writings.;Inddition to this, a perceptive survey traces t he roles of other femaleaints in Islam, from Naf sa, who recited the Qur'an six thousand times prioro her death, to the Indian princess F tima, who renounced her royal dutieso become a renowned mystic.With its suggestion that the autonomy of thesereat female figures could serve as a religious and social model for today'suslim women, this is a sensitive and readable survey, which balancesistorical information with an interesting contemporary perspective.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Muslim Women Mystics: The Life and Work of Rabi'a and Other Women Mystics in Islam

User Review  - Gwen - Goodreads

This is a great book for learning about Rabi'a Adwiyya. Margaret Smith takes her time really explaining how to look at the stories of Rabi'a's life, and she does a wonderful job of fleshing out what ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Her Birth and Early Years
19
Rabias Choice of Celibacy
29
Copyright

15 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Smith received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of London. She is a distinguished scholar of Sufism and mysticism.

Bibliographic information