Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims / Edition 1

Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims / Edition 1

by John Renard
     
 


"A comprehensive tour of the exuberant landscape of Muslim religious life, past and present. With an impressive array of textual and visual works, Renard's kaleidoscopic survey sounds the death toll to the longstanding misconception that Islam is a dry and mechanistic religion devoid of spirituality. This is the best introductory book on Islam currently available.… See more details below

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"A comprehensive tour of the exuberant landscape of Muslim religious life, past and present. With an impressive array of textual and visual works, Renard's kaleidoscopic survey sounds the death toll to the longstanding misconception that Islam is a dry and mechanistic religion devoid of spirituality. This is the best introductory book on Islam currently available."—Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Washington University

"Comprehensive and accessible, this book is a richly textured and wide-ranging introduction to Islamic spirituality and a refreshing change from the obsession with current politics that characterizes most approaches of Islam."—Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520204171
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/17/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1Foundations: Prophetic Revelation1
Qur'an in Islamic Spirituality1
Hadith in Islamic Spirituality13
Experiencing Qur'an and Hadith17
2Devotion: Ritual and Personal Prayer35
On the Liturgical Calendar36
Devotion beyond Duty52
3Inspiration: Edification and Ethics75
Exemplary Models76
Wisdom Literature88
Encountering the Exemplars95
4Aesthetics: From Allegory to Arabesque107
Literature and Spirituality108
Principal Poetic Forms116
Arabesque and Aesthetics125
5Community: Society, Institutions, and Patronage143
Social and Historical Contexts144
Institutional Texts152
Patronage and the Arts164
6Pedagogy: Fanning Spark into Flame183
Learning for Life183
From the Great Teachers185
Required Reading for Mystics198
7Experience: Testimony, Paradigm, and Critique221
From Theory to Practice221
Heart Speaks to Heart223
Beyond Storytelling238
Evaluating Experience251
Reprise: Joseph of the Seven Doors259
Notes273
Select Glossary299
Index of Qur'anic Citations311
General Index312

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