Early Islamic Mysticism (CWS)

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Michael Anthony Sells
Paulist Press, 1996 - Religion - 398 pages
This volume makes available and accessible the writings of the crucial early period of Islamic mysticism during which Sufism developed as one of the world's major mystical traditions. The texts are accompanied by commentary on their historical, literary and philosophical context.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
INTRODUCTION
11
SOURCES OF ISLAMIC MYSTICISM
29
EARLY SUFI QURAX INTERPRETATION
75
QUSHAYRI
97
RABIA
151
MUHASIBI
171
SARRAJ
196
and OUSHAYRI
232
JUNAYD
251
HALLAJ
266
NIFFARI
281
EPILOGUE
302
CHRONOLOGY OF SOME IMPORTANT FIGURES
321
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
375
INDEX OF NAMES
394

BISTAMI
212

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