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Seven doors to Islam : spirituality and the religious life of Muslims

Author: John Renard
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

Reveals the religious world view and spiritual tradition of the world's one billion Muslims. Spanning the breadth of Islamic civilization from Morocco to Indonesia, the book demonstrates how Muslims  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Renard
ISBN: 0520200950 9780520200951 0520204174 9780520204171
OCLC Number: 1119400126
Description: xv,333p : ill ; 24cm + (cased)
Contents: List of Illustrations Preface ONE FOUNDATIONS: PROPHETIC REVELATION Qur'an in Islamic Spirituality Sacred Scripture Interpreting Qur'an Scriptural Themes Hadith in Islamic Spirituality Sayings of the Prophet Sayings of the Imams Sacred Sayings Experiencing Qur'an and Hadith Sacred Literature Memory and Recitation Seeing the Word TWO DEVOTION: RITUAL AND PERSONAL PRAYER On the Liturgical Calendar About the Five Pillars From the Pulpit Art and Architecture Devotion beyond Duty Prayer Rites of Passage Sermons for Every Occasion Art and Architecture THREE INSPIRATION: EDIFICATION AND ETHICS Exemplary Models Prophets and Friends of God Individual Life Stories Collected Lives Wisdom Literature Pointers for the Powerful Morals for the Masses Encountering the Exemplars Storytelling as Entertainment Visual Arts as Education FOUR AESTHETICS: FROM ALLEGORY TO ARABESQUE Literature and Spirituality Religious Poetry Metaphor Allegory Principal Poetic Forms Didactic Poetry Lyric Poetry Arabesque and Aesthetics Visual Symbolism Architectural Symbolism Painting and the Decorative Arts FIVE COMMUNITY: SOCIETY, INSTITUTIONS, AND PATRONAGE Social and Historical Contexts Religion, Society, and Culture Money and Power Institutional Texts Public Support Private Discipline Patronage and the Arts Patronage Building Community Spirituality of Artist and Patron SIX PEDAGOGY: FANNING SPARK INTO FLAME Learning for Life Issues and Questions Sufism's Great Books From the Great Teachers Between Sermon and Seminar Borrowed Notes Keeping in Touch Required Reading for Mystics Advice for Inexperienced Travelers Mystical Geography Languages of the Spirit SEVEN EXPERIENCE: TESTIMONY, PARADIGM, AND CRITIQUE From Theory to Practice Religion and Experience Heart Speaks to Heart Soul on Pilgrimage Narrative and Imagination Muhammad as Mystical Model Beyond Storytelling Saying the Unsayable Explaining the Unexplainable Evaluating Experience The Science of Hearts Traveling Companions REPRISE: JOSEPH OF THE SEVEN DOORS Notes Select Glossary Index of Qur'anic Citations General Index
Responsibility: John Renard.


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