Mystical Dimensions of Islam Paperback / softback
Thirty-five years after its original publication, Mystical Dimensions of Islam still stands as the most valuable introduction to Sufism, the main form of Islamic mysticism.
This edition brings to a new generation of readers Annemarie Schimmel's historical treatment of the transnational phenomenon of Sufism, from its beginnings through the nineteenth century. Schimmel's sensitivity and deep understanding of Sufism--its origins, development, and historical context--as well as her erudite examination of Sufism as reflected in Islamic poetry, draw readers into the mood, the vision, and the way of the Sufi.
In the foreword, distinguished Islam scholar Carl W.
Ernst comments on the continuing vitality of Schimmel's book and the advances in the study of Sufism that have occurred since the work first appeared. ""Schimmel is an undisputed authority in this field. . . . [This] is the most comprehensive and satisfactory survey of the subject, filled with as much empathy and feeling as erudition. . . . Invaluable."" --History of Religions ""A truly beautiful book. . . . Radiates an elegance of style. . . . Replete not only with the poetic insight of the author but with her unquestioned scholarly mastery over materials from the vast culture-sphere of Islam."" --International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
- Publication Date: 15/08/2011
- Category: Sufism & Islamic mysticism
- ISBN: 9780807899762
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