Sufism The Formative Period

ISBN-10: 0520252691

ISBN-13: 9780520252691

Edition: 2007

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Description: This book is a comprehensive historical overview of the formative period of Sufism, the major mystical tradition in Islam, from the ninth to the twelfth century CE. Ahmet T. Karamustafa bases his study on a fresh reading of the primary sources and, by integrating the findings of recent scholarship on the subject, presents a unified narrative of Sufism's historical development. His innovative analytical framework reveals the emergence of mystical currents in Islam during the ninth century and traces the rapid spread of Iraq-based Sufism to other regions of the Islamic world. The book also describes Sufism's fusion with indigenous mystical movements elsewhere and extensively analyses the formation of Sufi communities, the imbrication of Sufi sainthood with other popular saints' cults, and the nonconformist dimensions of Sufism. Karamustafa fully explicates the reasons for the increasing social prominence of the Sufi mode of piety during this early period in Islamic history and provides an integrated, comprehensive understanding of one of the most compelling aspects of late antique, early medieval Islamic religious history.

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The Sufis of Baghdad
Renunciants, the inward turn and the term sufi
Prominent Sufis of Baghdad
Major chracteristics of the Sufis of Baghdad
Mystics outside Baghdad
Lower Iraq : Sahl al-Tustari
Iran and Central Asia
The spread of Baghdad Sufism
Western Iran and Arabia
Khurasan and Transoxania
Mystics in al-Andalus?
Specialised Sufi literature
Sufism among traditionalists
Sufism in the bosom fiqh and kalam
Formation of communities
The training master and Sufi lineages
The master as patron and the cult of saints
Sainthood triumphant
Social spread and political influence
Antinomians and nonconformists
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