Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Miraj, Poetic and Theological Writings  -     By: Michael A. Sells
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Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Miraj, Poetic and Theological Writings

Paulist Press / 1996 / Paperback

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This volumes opens with an essay on the place of spirituality within the Islamic tradition. Immediately following are the foundation texts of the pre-Sufi spirituality: the Qur'an passages most important to the mystical tradition; the accounts of Muhammad's heavenly ascent; and the crucial work of early poets in setting a poetic sensibility for speaking of union with the divine beloved. The volume then presents the sayings attributed to the key early figures of Islamic spirituality: Ja'far as-Saddiq, the Sixth Imam of the Shi'ite Tradition; Rabi'a, the most famous woman saint of classical Islam; Muhasibi, the founder of Islamic moral psychology; Bistami, whose sayings on mystical union have generated fascination and controversy throughout the Islamic tradition and more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Paulist Press
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 8.93 X 5.95 X 1.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0809136198
ISBN-13: 9780809136193
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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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