Sufism and Early Islamic Piety
Personal and Communal Dynamics
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- Author: Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi, University of Haifa, Israel
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Sufism and Early Islamic Piety: Personal and Communal Dynamics offers a new story about the formative period of Sufism. Through a fresh reading of diverse Sufi and non-Sufi sources, Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi reveals the complexity of personal and communal aspects of Sufi piety in the period between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. Her study also sheds light on the interrelationships and conflicts of early Sufis through emphasising that early Sufism was neither a quietist or a completely individual mode of piety. Salamah-Qudsi reveals how the early Sufis' commitment to the Islamic ideal of family life lead to different creative arrangements among them in order to avoid contradictions with this ideal and the mystical ideal of solitary life. Her book enables a deeper understanding of the development of Sufism in light of the human concerns and motivations of its founders.Read more
- Investigates the private lives of early Sufis in the period between the ninth and thirteenth centuries
- Puts the focus on the communal practices and interrelationships and conflicts of early Sufis, and, thereby, emphasises that early Sufism was not exactly a quietist or a completely individual mode of piety
- Exposes the dynamics between the personal spheres of the early Sufis' family lives and the communal spheres involving their engagement in Muslim societies in general and Sufi communities in particular
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- Date Published: September 2018
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- isbn: 9781108534239
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Table of Contents
Part I. Personal Narratives: Early Sufis and Family Ties:
1. Celibacy, marriage and familial commitments among early Sufis
2. Female Sufis
3. Maternal narratives: female Sufis as mothers
4. Sufis as maternal uncles
Part II. Communal Narratives: Early Sufis' Modes of Operating in the Framework of Sufi Communal Lives:
5. Consensually acclaimed Sufis and lenient approaches
6. Marginal piety: the case of Niffari
7. Controversies and quarrel
8. Companionship with youth (Suhbat al-Ahdath).
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