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Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism : Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology v. 9 - John Renard

Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism

Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology v. 9

Hardcover Published: 21st May 2004
ISBN: 9780809105366
Number Of Pages: 480

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This volume, the ninth on Islamic material to be published in the Classics of Western Spirituality series, brings to light a highly significant but little known area of Islamic spirituality. Editor John Renard has assembled 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.

Islam and the classics of western spiritualityp. 1
Choice of theme and texts in the present volumep. 2
Priorities and practicalitiesp. 4
Foundational sources and the Islamic religious disciplinesp. 12
Early conceptions of knowledge : pre-Islamic poetry, Qur'an, Hadithp. 13
Evolution of the Islamic religious disciplinesp. 16
Experiential knowledge of God in classical and medieval Sufi textsp. 19
Ninth century : Dhu 'n-Nun, Muhasibi, Kharraz, Tirmidhi, Hallajp. 20
Tenth century : Niffari, Sarraj, Kalabadhi, Makkip. 27
Eleventh century : Hujwiri, Qushayri, Ansari, Ghazalip. 38
Twelfth and thirteenth centuries : Ibn al-'Arif, 'Ayn al-Qudat al-Hamadhani, Sana'i, 'Attar, Rumi, Ibn al-'Arabi, Abu Hafs 'Umar as-Suhrawardip. 50
Beyond the classicsp. 60
Texts in translation
The book of flashesp. 65
The exploration of Sufi teachingsp. 100
The book of knowledge : part thirty-one of The sustenance of heartsp. 112
The revelation of realities veiledp. 264
The treatise on Sufismp. 286
The hundred fields : resting places of the wayfarersp. 294
The elaboration of the marvels of the heart : book 21 of the Revitalization of the religious disciplinesp. 298
The beauties of spiritual sessionsp. 327
The benefits of intimate knowledgep. 332
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ISBN: 9780809105366
ISBN-10: 0809105365
Series: Classics of Western Spirituality Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English , Arabic
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 21st May 2004
Publisher: Paulist Press International,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.88  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.76

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