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The Sufi Orders in Islam
The Sufi Orders in Islam
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Details:  The Sufi Orders in Islam,
*[A5] Paperback - 356 pages,
by : J. Spencer Trimingham.
Introduction by John O' Voll.
Published by Oxford University Press.

Back in Stock December 2019

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Sufism, the name given to Islamic mysticism, has been the subject of many studies, but the orders through which the organisational aspect of the Sufi spirit was expressed has been neglected.

The Sufi Orders in Islam is one of the earliest modern examinations of the historical development of Sufism and is considered a classic work in numerous sources of Islamic studies today. Here, author J. Spencer Trimingham offers a clear and detailed account of the formation and development of the Sufi schools and orders (tariqahs) from the second century of Islam until modern times. The work includes a glossary of Arabic terms.

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 general. John O. Voll has added a new introduction to this classic text and provides readers with an updated list of further reading.

The Sufi Orders in Islam will appeal not only to those already familiar with Triminghams groundbreaking research, but also to the growing reading public of Islamic studies and mysticism.

Review quote:

Praise for the previous edition: "An extremely useful general history of the Sufi orders...it fills a notable gap."---American Anthropologist.

Table of Contents


--[1]. The Formation of Schools of Mysticism,
---------Fomation: Sufi - Junaidi - Iraqi Tradition,
---------Fomation: Malamati - Bistami - Khurasanian Tradition.

--[2]. The Chief Tariqa Lines,
----1. Mesopotamia,
--------a. Suhrawardiyya,
--------b. Rifa'iyya,
--------c. Qadiriyya,
----2. Egypt and the Maghrib,
---------Lineage; Abu Madyan,
---------Lineage; Ahmed ibn ar-Rifa'i,
---------The Shadhiliyya,
----3. Iranian, Turkish and Indian spheres,
-------a. Kubrawiyya,
----------Lineage Najm al-Din al-Kubra [d.618h],
-------b. Yasaviyya,
----------Lineage; Ahmad al-Yasavi,
-------c. Mawlawiyya,
-------d. Khawajagan Naqshbandiyya,
-------e. Chistiyya,
-------f. Indian Suhrawardiyya.

---[3]. The Formation of Ta'ifas,
------Lineage; Muhammad al-Khalwati al-Khwarizmi [d.751h],
------Lineage; Baha ad-Din Naqshband [d.1389h],
------An assessment,

---[4]. Nineteenth-Century Revival Movements,
-----1.The Directions of Revival,
-----2. The Maghrib,
--------a. Tijaniyya,
----------Lineage; Ahmad al-Tijani,
--------b. Traditional Revival; The Darqawiyya and its offshoots,
-----3. Movements deriving from Ahmad ibn Idris,
--------a. Ahmad ibn Idris,
--------b. Mirghaniyya or Khatmiyya,
--------c. Sanusiyya,
--------d. Other Idrisi derivations,
-----4. The Sufi Orders in Asia.

---[5]. The Mysticism and Theosophy of the Orders,

---[6]. The Organisation of the Orders,
------The Khanqahas,
------Invitation and Investiture.

---[7]. Ritual and Ceremonial,
------Naqshbandis and the Malamati tradition,
------The Hadra,
------The Shadhili dhikr,
------Mawlid al-Nabi,
------The Khalifa,

---[8]. Role of the Orders in the Life of Islamic Society,
------1. Imam Abd al-Wahab al-Sharani,
------2. Relationship to an Order,
------3. Religious role,
------4. The Social Role of the Orders,
------5. Cultural and Educational Role,
------6. Political Role,
------7. The Relationship of the Orders with the Orthodox Institution.

---[9]. The Orders in the Contemporary Islamic World.

Appendices :
---a. Relating to Early Sisilas,
---b. Sufis, Malamatis, and Qalandaris,
---c. Suhrawardi Silsilas,
---d. Qadiri Groups,
---e. Independent Orders of the Badawiyya and Burhaniyya,
---f. Shadhili Groups in the Maghrib deriving from Imam al-Jazuli,
---g. Madyani and Shadhili Groups in Egypt and Syria,
---h. Rifa'i Ta'ifas in the Arab World,

------Glossary of Arabic Terms,
------General Index.

More on the Sufi Saints,
Also see Akhbar al-Akhyar (Conduct of the Pious).

Homepage for Sufism.

*Dimensions : 21.8 x 14.1cm

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 23 December, 2012.