Mystical Dimensions of Islam

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Aug 8, 2011 - Religion - 544 pages
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Thirty-five years after its original publication, Mystical Dimensions of Islam still stands as the most valuable introduction to Sufism, the main form of Islamic mysticism. This edition brings to a new generation of readers Annemarie Schimmel's historical treatment of the transnational phenomenon of Sufism, from its beginnings through the nineteenth century.

Schimmel's sensitivity and deep understanding of Sufism--its origins, development, and historical context--as well as her erudite examination of Sufism as reflected in Islamic poetry, draw readers into the mood, the vision, and the way of the Sufi. In the foreword, distinguished Islam scholar Carl W. Ernst comments on the continuing vitality of Schimmel's book and the advances in the study of Sufism that have occurred since the work first appeared.

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Thank you for all your books . This book , and all Annemarie Schimmel books , can lead the reader to a good understanding about Islamic Sufism .

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Absolutely essential for anyone who wants a genuine idea about Sufi history and practice. This is the book I would put into someone's hands if they were to ask me, "What's the one book I should read to get my head wrapped around Sufism." Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003) was a renowned German scholar of Islam and author of eighty books, including And Muhammad Is His Messenger: The Veneration of the Prophet in Islamic Piety and A Two-Colored Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry.

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