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Historical dictionary of Sufism

Author: John Renard
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
Series: Historical dictionaries of religions, philosophies, and movements.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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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 of the earliest “Western” descriptions of individuals now widely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Renard
ISBN: 9780810879737 0810879735
OCLC Number: 913469716
Description: xlix, 531 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Editor's Foreword (Jon Woronoff) Acknowledgments and Credits Reader's Note Map [2-page spread] Chronology Introduction THE DICTIONARY Glossary Bibliography About the Author
Series Title: Historical dictionaries of religions, philosophies, and movements.
Responsibility: John Renard.

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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 of the earliest “Western” descriptions of individuals now widely associated with the larger phenomenon of Sufism identified them with the Arabic term faqīr, mendicant, or its most common Persian equivalent, darwīsh. Sufism, as presented here embraces a host of features including the ritual, institutional, psychological, hermeneutical, artistic, literary, ethical, and epistemological. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Sufism contains a chronology, an introduction, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, major historical figures and movements, practices, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Sufism. (Publisher).

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Renard greatly expanded the second edition of his work covering Sufism, a lesser-known, mystical branch of Islam. His balanced approach shows Sufism not as an aberration, but rather a key component Read more...

 
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