Rabi'a: The Life and Work of Rabi'a and Other Women Mystics in Islam

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"The women saints ... certainly represent the greatest height to which Muslim womanhood has attained, and in the reverence accorded them by Muslim men and the example which they offer to Muslim women lies a real hope for the attainment of a higher standard, religious and social, for Muslim women of today." So writes Margaret Smith in this fascinating and scholarly work on Rabia of Basra, the early Muslim saint and true mystic who died in the year 801. A complete biography of this woman of unique personality did not appear until Dr Smith, a
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"The women saints ... certainly represent the greatest height to which Muslim womanhood has attained, and in the reverence accorded them by Muslim men and the example which they offer to Muslim women lies a real hope for the attainment of a higher standard, religious and social, for Muslim women of today." So writes Margaret Smith in this fascinating and scholarly work on Rabia of Basra, the early Muslim saint and true mystic who died in the year 801. A complete biography of this woman of unique personality did not appear until Dr Smith, a distinguished scholar of Sufism, published this authoritative account of her life and teachings. Discussing the place of Rabia in Islamic tradition, Dr Smith also offers a survey of the female saints and mystics of the Muslim world, providing an unusual insight into women's impressive contribution to the rich heritage of Islam.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781851680856
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Survey of Sources 2
I Rabia al-Adawiyya: Her Birth and Early Years 19
II Rabia's Choice of Celibacy 29
III Rabia's Asceticism and Prayer-Life 40
IV Miracles 53
V Rabia's Declining Years 61
VI The Sufi Doctrine 71
VII Repentance, Patience, Gratitude 77
VIII Hope and Fear 89
IX Poverty, Renunciation, Unification, Dependence 98
X Love, Gnosis, the Vision, Union 113
XI The Position of Woman in Muslim Lands 141
XII The Position Attained by the Woman Saint 167
XIII Celibacy and the Monastic Life 195
XIV The Communion of Saints 206
XV The Cult of Women Saints in Modern Islam 221
List of Authors Quoted 237
Index I: Proper Names and Titles 243
Index II: Subjects 248
Index III: Technical Terms 250
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