Deciphering the Signs of God: A Phenomenological Approach to Islam / Edition 1

Deciphering the Signs of God: A Phenomenological Approach to Islam / Edition 1

by Annemarie Schimmel
     
 

The Qur'an constantly exhorts people to ‘look at the signs of god,’ signs that are hidden ‘in the horizons and in themselves.’ This book examines the mysteries of Islam using a phenomenological method to come closer to the true center of Muslim belief.

Schimmel takes as her starting point the simplest ‘signs of god’ — natural

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The Qur'an constantly exhorts people to ‘look at the signs of god,’ signs that are hidden ‘in the horizons and in themselves.’ This book examines the mysteries of Islam using a phenomenological method to come closer to the true center of Muslim belief.

Schimmel takes as her starting point the simplest ‘signs of god’ — natural phenomena like stones, plants and animals, and their use in religious and symbolic language. She then moves on to less obvious signs, such as sacred time and space, ritual actions, forms of worship, the sacred individual, and the order of the community. She concludes with an examination of the individual’s response to the mystery of the Divine. Based on both original classical sources and modern literature, as well as the author’s considerable personal experience, this is not only a fascinating survey of Islamic practices and beliefs, but also a broad and intregrated overview of the phenomenology of Islam.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419823
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Preface

Introduction

I. Sacred Aspects of Nature and Culture

II. Sacred Space and Time

III. Sacred Action

IV. The Word and the Script

V. Individual and Society

VI. God and His Creation: Eschatology

VII. How to Approach Islam?

Bibliography

Indices

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