Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology / Edition 1

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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 here 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809140305
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,065,744
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Islam and the classics of western spirituality 1
Choice of theme and texts in the present volume 2
Priorities and practicalities 4
Foundational sources and the Islamic religious disciplines 12
Early conceptions of knowledge : pre-Islamic poetry, Qur'an, Hadith 13
Evolution of the Islamic religious disciplines 16
Experiential knowledge of God in classical and medieval Sufi texts 19
Ninth century : Dhu 'n-Nun, Muhasibi, Kharraz, Tirmidhi, Hallaj 20
Tenth century : Niffari, Sarraj, Kalabadhi, Makki 27
Eleventh century : Hujwiri, Qushayri, Ansari, Ghazali 38
Twelfth and thirteenth centuries : Ibn al-'Arif, 'Ayn al-Qudat al-Hamadhani, Sana'i, 'Attar, Rumi, Ibn al-'Arabi, Abu Hafs 'Umar as-Suhrawardi 50
Beyond the classics 60
Texts in translation
The book of flashes 65
The exploration of Sufi teachings 100
The book of knowledge : part thirty-one of The sustenance of hearts 112
The revelation of realities veiled 264
The treatise on Sufism 286
The hundred fields : resting places of the wayfarers 294
The elaboration of the marvels of the heart : book 21 of the Revitalization of the religious disciplines 298
The beauties of spiritual sessions 327
The benefits of intimate knowledge 332
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