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Rabi'a The Mystic and Her Fellow-Saints in Islam

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 10/2010

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Rabi'a, a female Sufi saint, was born in 717 CE and released from slavery to lead a life in pursuit of purity and perfect union with God. Her teachings and the numerous miracles attributed to her have made her an influential and revered figure in Sufi theology. This authoritative 1928 biography of the saint was written by Margaret Smith, who mastered numerous eastern languages, travelled extensively, and published a number of translations of important Arabic texts. Smith's linguistic skill and her immersion in the culture she studied has produced a book still considered an important account of Rabi'a's life. Smith also includes an incisive discussion of the role of women in early Islamic mysticism and an examination of Sufi doctrine, and examines the issues of celibacy and sainthood in Islam. A biography of one exceptional woman written by another.


Survey of sources; Part 1: 1. The place of women among the Sufis; 2. Offers of marriage; 3. Asceticism of Rabi'a; 4. The miracles of Muslim saints; 5. Rabi'a's declining years; Part 2: 6. Estimate of Rabi'a's teaching by the Sufi writers; 7. Repentance; 8. Hope and fear; 9. Poverty; 10. Love, including satisfaction, longing and intimacy; Part 3: 11. The position of woman in Muslim lands in pre-Islamic and early Islamic times; 12. The position of the woman saint; 13. Celibacy in Islam; 14. The communion of saints in Islam; 15. The cult of the saints in modern Islam; List of authors quoted; Index.


Margaret Smith's 1928 biography of eighth-century Sufi saint Rabi'a is an authoritative account of Rabi'a's evolution from slave to influential religious teacher and purported performer of miracles. An examination of the role of women in early Islam, and of Sufi teachings on love, purity and the ascetic life.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Cambridge Library Collection - Religion
Dimensioni: 216 x 14 x 140 mm Ø 320 gr
Formato: Brossura
Pagine Arabe: 252

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