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Author Baldick, Julian.

Title Mystical Islam : an introduction to Sufism / Julian Baldick
Published London : Tauris ; New York : New York University Press, 1989


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Description 208 pages ; 23 cm
Series New York University studies in Near Eastern civilization. ; no. 13
New York University studies in Near Eastern civilization ; no. 13
Contents Includes indexes
Summary Sufism is Islam's main mystical tradition. There are Sufi orders in almost all Muslim countries around the world, but not all Sufis accept the same beliefs and practices. Mystical Islam offers an introduction that encompasses the full history and richness of the Sufi spiritual tradition over fourteen centuries of Islam. This accessible work covers the origins of Sufism and early influences, particularly from Christianity; the rise of the great Sufi organizations; the thought of Sufism's main theorist and systemizer, Ibn Arabi; Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes; relations with Shi'ism in Iran; Sufism in the heyday of the great empires in Iran, India, and Turkey; and relations with Turkey and Egypt during the nineteenth century as well as Sufi practices in the twentieth century. In a new afterword, the author reflects on recent scholarship and offers fresh perspectives on this fascinating tradition of belief and devotion
Analysis Sufism - History
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-193)
Subject Sufism -- History.
LC no. 89012751
ISBN 0814711383
0814711391 (paperback)
185043137X (cased)
185043140X (paperback)