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