Women of Sufism

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many ...

Women of Sufism

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity. Spanning the centuries, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, the selections are by or about an array of Sufi traditions in different parts of the world, from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to Europe and America—from beloved members of the Prophet's family to the mystic Rabi'a al-Adawiyya to the modern scholar Annemarie Schimmel. Biographical anecdotes and personal memoirs provide a glimpse into the experience of great saints and contemporary practitioners alike, while providing an introduction to the principles and practices of Sufism.

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Women of Sufism
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Camille Adams Helminski
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-02-25 - Publisher: Shambhala Publications

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the
Women's Roles in the Middle East and North Africa
Language: en
Pages: 225
Authors: Ruth Margolies Beitler, Angelica R. Martinez
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-04-09 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

This concise, content-rich volume provides an overview of women's roles in the Middle East and North Africa from the advent of Islam to the present. • A chronology of women's roles in the Middle East and North Africa encompassing work, religion, family, law, politics, and culture from pre-Islamic to contemporary
SIHA Journal: Women in Islam (Issue Three)
Language: en
Pages: 108
Authors: SIHA SIHA
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-12-29 - Publisher: African Books Collective

Women in Islam explores the complexities of gender relations in Muslim communities in the Horn of Africa and beyond, engaging critically with the social, political and cultural challenges associated with the intersection of Islam and gender. With an eclectic selection of essays, academic papers, opinion pieces and personal narratives punctuated
The A to Z of Sufism
Language: en
Pages: 414
Authors: John Renard
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-08-17 - Publisher: Scarecrow Press

With more than 3,000 entries and cross-references on the history, main figures, institutions, theory, and literary works associated with Islam's mystical tradition, Sufism, this dictionary brings together in one volume, extensive historical information that helps put contemporary events into a historical context.
Historical Dictionary of Sufism
Language: en
Pages: 582
Authors: John Renard
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-19 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

The most broadly accepted explanation of Sufism is the etymological derivation of the term from the Arabic for “wool,” ṣūf, associating practitioners with a preference for poor, rough clothing. This explanation clearly identifies Sufism with ascetical practice and the importance of manifesting spiritual poverty through material poverty. In fact, some