The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought / Edition 1

The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought / Edition 1

by Sachiko Murata
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791409147

ISBN-13: 9780791409145

Pub. Date: 03/01/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The Tao of Islam is a rich and diverse anthology of Islamic teachings on the nature of the relationships between God and the world, the world and the human being, and the human being and God. Focusing on gender symbolism, Sachiko Murata shows that Muslim authors frequently analyze the divine reality and its connections with the cosmic and human domains with a view

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The Tao of Islam is a rich and diverse anthology of Islamic teachings on the nature of the relationships between God and the world, the world and the human being, and the human being and God. Focusing on gender symbolism, Sachiko Murata shows that Muslim authors frequently analyze the divine reality and its connections with the cosmic and human domains with a view toward a complementarity or polarity of principles that is analogous to the Chinese idea of yin/yang.

Murata believes that the unity of Islamic thought is found, not so much in the ideas discussed, as in the types of relationships that are set up among realities. She pays particular attention to the views of various figures commonly known as "Sufis" and "philosophers," since they approach these topics with a flexibility and subtlety not found in other schools of thought. She translates several hundred pages, most for the first time, from more than thirty important Muslims including the Ikhwan al-Safa', Avicenna, and Ibn al-'Arabi.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791409145
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
619,463
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
A Note on Dates and Citations from the Koran
Introduction1
Pt. 1
1The Three Realities23
Pt. 2Theology
2Divine Duality49
3The Two Hands of God81
Pt. 3Cosmology
4Heaven and Earth117
5Macrocosmic Marriage143
6Human Marriage171
7The Womb203
Pt. 4Spiritual Psychology
8Static Hierarchy225
9Dynamics of the Soul249
10The Heart289
Postscript321
Appendix I Chronological List of Authors Cited327
Appendix II Notes on Authors Cited329
Notes333
Bibliography357
Index of Koranic Verses363
Index of Hadiths and Sayings379
General Index385

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