Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology

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John Renard
Paulist Press, 2004 - Religion - 434 pages
This volume brings to light a highly significant but little known area of Islamic spirituality. Editor John Renard has assembled here a volume of texts, most translated here for the first time, culled from the great Sufi manuals of spirituality, on the theme of the complex and multi-faceted role of knowledge in relation to the spiritual life. He presents excerpts on knowledge from the works of nine major Muslim teachers, most translated from Arabic, but also including important texts from Persian originals. The Introduction offers a survey of the development of Sufi modes of knowing through the thirteenth century in their broader context, and then focuses on the manuals or compendia of Sufi spirituality treated here. Historical notes provide brief identifications of many of the individual sources and personalities mentioned throughout the treatises.

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Abbreviations in Notes and Bibliography
Selected Bibliography
General Index

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John Renard, who has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Harvard University, is Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University.

Ahmet T. Karamustafa is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of "God's Unruly Friends: Dervish Groups in the Islamic Later Middle Period, 1200-1550 "(1994) and "Vahidi's Menakib-i Hvoca-i Cihan ve Netice-i Can: Critical Edition and Historical Analysis "(1993), and co-editor of "Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies" (1992).

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