The Sufi Orders in Islam

The Sufi Orders in Islam

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This volume is a modern examination of the historical development of Sufism. The author offers a detailed account of the formation and development of the Sufi schools and orders (tariqahs) from the second century of Islam up until modern times. The work includes an extensive bibliography, notes, charts, and a glossary of Arabic terms. Professor John O. Voll provides an introduction and a list for further reading in this edition. The book is intended as a bibliographic resource for studies in Sufism and should find an audience among students, readers and scholars of Islamic studies. This book is intended for students of Islamic studies, Sufi studies, more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 0195120582
  • 9780195120585
  • 776,575

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Praise for the previous edition "An extremely useful general history of the Sufi fills a notable gap."--American Anthropologistshow more

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Sufism, the name given to Islamic mysticism, has been the subject of many studies, but the orders through which the organizational aspect of the Sufi spirit was expressed have been neglected. Here, author J. Spencer Trimingham offers a clear and detailed account of the formation and development of the Sufi schools and orders (tariqas) from the second century of Islam until modern times. Trimingham focuses on the practical disciplines behind the mystical aspects of Sufism which initially attracted a Western audience. He shows how Sufism developed and changed, traces its relationship to the unfolding and spread of mystical ideas, and describes in sharp detail its rituals and ceremonial practices. Finally, he assesses the influence of these Sufi orders upon Islamic society in more

About J.Spencer Trimingham

J. Spencer Trimingham was Professor at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. John O. Voll is Professor of History at Georgetown more

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