Historical Dictionary of Sufism

Historical Dictionary of Sufism

by John Renard

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The most broadly accepted explanation of Sufism i 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810879737
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/21/2015
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 582
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

John Renard is professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, where he has taught Islamic studies, history of religion, and comparative theology since 1978. He has written He has published 19 books on Sufism and Islam.

Table of 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

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