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Overview

Sufism, the name given to Islamic mysticism, has been the subject of many studies, but the orders through which the organizational aspect of the Sufi spirit was expressed has been neglected. The Sufi Orders in Islam is one of the earliest modern examinations of the historical development of Sufism and is considered a classic work in numerous sources of Islamic studies today. Here, author J. Spencer Trimingham offers a clear and detailed account of the formation and development of the Sufi schools and orders (tariqahs) from the second century of Islam until modern times.
Trimingham focuses on the practical disciplines behind the mystical aspects of Sufism which initially attracted a Western audience. He shows how Sufism developed and changed, traces its relationship to the unfolding and spread of mystical ideas, and describes in sharp detail its rituals and ceremonial practices. Finally, he assesses the influence of these Sufi orders upon Islamic society in general. John O. Voll has added a new introduction to this classic text and provides readers with an updated list of further reading.
The Sufi Orders in Islam will appeal not only to those already familiar with Triminghams groundbreaking research, but also to the growing reading public of Islamic studies and mysticism.

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"An extremely useful general history of the Sufi orders...it fills a notable gap."—American Anthropologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195120585
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Spencer Trimingham was Professor at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. John O. Voll is Professor of History at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
I The Formation of Schools of Mysticism 1
II The Chief Tariqa Lines 31
III The Formation of Ta'ifas 67
IV Nineteenth-Century Revival Movements 105
V The Mysticism and Theosophy of the Orders 133
VI The Organization of the Orders 166
VII Ritual and Ceremonial 194
VIII Role of the Orders in the Life of Islamic Society 218
IX The Orders in the Contemporary Islamic World 245
App. A Relating to Early Silsilas 261
App. B Sufis, Malamatis, and Qalandaris 264
App. C Suhrawardi Silsilas 269
App. D Qadiri Groups 271
App. E Independent Orders of the Badawiyya and Burhaniyya 274
App. F Shadhili Groups in the Maghrib deriving from al-Jazuli 276
App. G Madyani and Shadhili Groups in Egypt and Syria 278
App. H Rifa'i Ta'ifas in the Arab World 280
Bibliography 282
Glossary of Arabic Terms 300
General Index 315
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