Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation

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John Renard
University of California Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 413 pages
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This remarkable collection gathers a breathtakingly diverse selection of primary texts from the vast repertoire of Islamic stories about holy men and women—also known as Friends of God—who were exemplary for their piety, intimacy with God, and service to their fellow human beings. Translated from seventeen languages by more than two dozen scholars of Islamic studies, these texts come from the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and China and Southeast Asia. Historically, they begin with the eighth century and include samples from medieval, early modern, and modern Muslim societies. Expertly edited and introduced by John Renard, Tales of God's Friends serves as a companion volume to Renard's Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood.
  

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Talels of Sufis. None during Umayyad. Several: Abu Bakr's time. Some from Abbasid onward. Read full review

Contents

THE ARAB MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
13
Tamlmis Eyewitness Account of Abu Yaza Yallanur 5721177
30
Abd Allah ibn Asad alYafiTs Defense of Saintly Marvels
47
The Wafalya of Cairo
63
IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN
77
Sadls Earthly Vision of Sainthood in the Bustan
92
A Miracle of an Afghan Friend of God the Mulla of Hadda
114
Sar i Saltik Becomes a Friend of God
136
Ahmad Sirhindl Reformer
234
Khwaja Ghulam Farld
249
An IndoPersian Guide to Sufi Shrine Visitation
269
Bonblbl Protectress of the Forest
301
SOUTHEAST AND EAST ASIA
333
Lan Zixis Epitaphs of the Real Humans
359
Glossary
377
About the Contributors
391

WEST AND EAST
167
Jobs Wife in the Swahili Epic of Job
197
SOUTH ASIA
217

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About the author (2009)

John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His many books include Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims, Windows on the House of Islam, and Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood, all from UC Press.

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