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Sufism and Early Islamic Piety
Personal and Communal Dynamics


  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422710

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  • Sufism and Early Islamic Piety: Personal and Communal Dynamics offers a new story about the formative period of Sufism. Through a fresh reading of diverse Sufi and non-Sufi sources, Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi reveals the complexity of personal and communal aspects of Sufi piety in the period between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. Her study also sheds light on the interrelationships and conflicts of early Sufis through emphasising that early Sufism was neither a quietist or a completely individual mode of piety. Salamah-Qudsi reveals how the early Sufis' commitment to the Islamic ideal of family life lead to different creative arrangements among them in order to avoid contradictions with this ideal and the mystical ideal of solitary life. Her book enables a deeper understanding of the development of Sufism in light of the human concerns and motivations of its founders.

    • Investigates the private lives of early Sufis in the period between the ninth and thirteenth centuries
    • Puts the focus on the communal practices and interrelationships and conflicts of early Sufis, and, thereby, emphasises that early Sufism was not exactly a quietist or a completely individual mode of piety
    • Exposes the dynamics between the personal spheres of the early Sufis' family lives and the communal spheres involving their engagement in Muslim societies in general and Sufi communities in particular
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    'By expanding the scope of inquiry about the relationships of early Sufis beyond the celebrated shaykh-disciple bond, Sufism and Early Islamic Piety makes an undeniable contribution to scholarship on early Sufism. Among other achievements, Salamah-Qudsi highlights figures who have previously been marginalized in European-language scholarship, argues persuasively for the application of gen-der theory to early Sufi texts, and translates for the first time a great deal of material into English …' Jeremy Farrell, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422710
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Personal Narratives: Early Sufis and Family Ties:
    1. Celibacy, marriage and familial commitments among early Sufis
    2. Female Sufis
    3. Maternal narratives: female Sufis as mothers
    4. Sufis as maternal uncles
    Part II. Communal Narratives: Early Sufis' Modes of Operating in the Framework of Sufi Communal Lives:
    5. Consensually acclaimed Sufis and lenient approaches
    6. Marginal piety: the case of Niffari
    7. Controversies and quarrel
    8. Companionship with youth (Suhbat al-Ahdath).

  • Author

    Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi, University of Haifa, Israel
    Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi is a lecturer of Sufi and Islamic studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her research focuses on Medieval Sufi literature and doctrines, the role and position of women in early Sufism, Sufi autobiographies, and Sufism and society in early medieval Islam. In 2011, Dr Salamah-Qudsi obtained Ma'uf fellowship for Outstanding Arab Lecturers, the Council of Higher Education.

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