Windows on the House of Islam Muslim Sources on Spirituality and Religious Life

ISBN-10: 0520210867

ISBN-13: 9780520210868

Edition: 1998

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Over the centuries and across the globe, Muslim authors and artists have given moving testimony to their experience of being members of the Islamic community. Their many vantage points come together in this collection, one that represents major Islamic groups from the past through the present and covers a range of themes essential to understanding Islamic spirituality and religious life. More than thirty leading Islam scholars present translations originating from a dozen languages, including Arabic, Persian, Chinese, and Indonesian. Texts include samples of virtually every major literary form of significance to the Muslim faith: the Qur'an, hadith, scriptural commentary, letters, treatises, lyric and didactic poetry, hagiography, historical chronicle, aphorism, endowment deeds, and personal diary entries. In addition, over five dozen illustrations thematically document a full range of artistic forms and historical periods, from ritual objects and architecture to manuscripts of religious texts. This volume and its companion, John Renard's 1996 book,Seven Doors to Islam, are the only books available that integrate such a wide range of Islamic literary and visual forms. Together they offer a superb introduction to the primary religious sources as well as a general understanding of Islamic spirituality and culture.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/18/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.98" long x 1.09" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

John Renard, who has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Harvard University, is Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Foundations: Prophetic Revelation
Devotion: Ritual and Personal Prayer
Inspiration: Edification and Ethics
Aesthetics: From Allegory to Arabesque
Community: Society, Institutions, and Patronage
Pedagogy: Fanning Spark into Flame
Experience: Testimony, Paradigm, and Critique
Text Distribution
Art Program Distribution
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
About the Contributors
Index of Qur'anic Citations
General Index
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