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The Resource Sufism : a new history of Islamic mysticism, Alexander Knysh

Sufism : a new history of Islamic mysticism, Alexander Knysh

Label
Sufism : a new history of Islamic mysticism
Title
Sufism
Title remainder
a new history of Islamic mysticism
Statement of responsibility
Alexander Knysh
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A pathbreaking history of Sufism, from the earliest centuries of Islam to the present. After centuries as the most important ascetic-mystical strand of Islam, Sufism saw a sharp decline in the twentieth century, only to experience a stunning revival in recent decades. In this comprehensive new history of Sufism from the earliest centuries of Islam to today, Alexander Knysh, a leading expert on the subject, reveals the tradition in all its richness. Knysh explores how Sufism has been viewed by both insiders and outsiders since its inception. He examines the key aspects of Sufism, from definitions and discourses to leadership, institutions, and practices. He devotes special attention to Sufi approaches to the Qur'an, drawing parallels with similar uses of scripture in Judaism and Christianity. He traces how Sufism grew from a set of simple moral-ethical precepts into a sophisticated tradition with professional Sufi masters (shaykhs) who became powerful players in Muslim public life but whose authority was challenged by those advocating the equality of all Muslims before God. Knysh also examines the roots of the ongoing conflict between the Sufis and their fundamentalist critics, the Salafis--a major fact of Muslim life today. Based on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Sufism is an indispensable account of a vital aspect of Islam --
Assigning source
Amazon.com website
Cataloging source
DGU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Knysh, Alexander D
Dewey number
297.4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • charts
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
LC call number
BP189
LC item number
.K695 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sufism
  • Mysticism
Label
Sufism : a new history of Islamic mysticism, Alexander Knysh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How and why Sufism came to be -- What's in a name? How definitions of Sufism have become a site of polemical partis-pris -- Discourses -- Sufism in comparison : the common ferment of Hellenism -- Practices, ethos, communities, and leaders -- Sufism's recent trajectories : what lies behind Sufi-Salafi confrontation?
Control code
2017016916
Extent
xiv, 389 pages
Isbn
9780691139098
Lccn
2017016916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, charts, fascimiles.
System control number
(DGU)ocm00000NEW
Label
Sufism : a new history of Islamic mysticism, Alexander Knysh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How and why Sufism came to be -- What's in a name? How definitions of Sufism have become a site of polemical partis-pris -- Discourses -- Sufism in comparison : the common ferment of Hellenism -- Practices, ethos, communities, and leaders -- Sufism's recent trajectories : what lies behind Sufi-Salafi confrontation?
Control code
2017016916
Extent
xiv, 389 pages
Isbn
9780691139098
Lccn
2017016916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, charts, fascimiles.
System control number
(DGU)ocm00000NEW

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