1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Sufism

Edited By Lloyd Ridgeon Copyright 2020
    564 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    564 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is a chronological history of the Sufi tradition, divided in to three sections, early, middle and modern periods. The book comprises 35 independent chapters with easily identifiable themes and/or geographical threads, all written by recognised experts in the field.

    The volume outlines the origins and early developments of Sufism by assessing the formative thinkers and practitioners and investigating specific pietistic themes. The middle period contains an examination of the emergence of the Sufi Orders and illustrates the diversity of the tradition. This middle period also analyses the fate of Sufism during the time of the Gunpowder Empires. Finally, the end period includes representative surveys of Sufism in several countries, both in the West and in traditional "Islamic" regions.

    This comprehensive and up-to-date collection of studies provides a guide to the Sufi tradition. The Handbook is a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in religion, Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.





    1. The Origins of Sufism
    2. Lloyd Ridgeon

    3. al-Ḥārith al-Muḥāsibī and Spiritual Purification between Asceticism and Mysticism
    4. Gavin Picken

    5. al-Junayd al-Baghdādī: Chief of the Sect
    6. Erik S. Ohlander 

    7. Abū Yazīd al-Bisṭāmī and Discussions about Intoxicated Sufism
    8. Annabel Keeler

    9. Al-Ghazālī: In Praise of Sufism
    10. Carole Hillenbrand

    11. Ayn al-Quḍāt’s Qur’anic Vision: From Black Words to White Parchment
    12. Mohammed Rustom

    13. Ibn ‘Arabī and the Akbarī Tradition
    14. Jawad Qureshi

    15. Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī and his Place in the History of Sufism
    16. Ibrahim Gamard

    17. Opposition to Sufis in the Formative Period
    18. Harith Ramli

    19. Narrativizing Early Mystic and Sufi Women
    20. Sara Abdel-Latif

    21. Sufism and Travelling
    22. Arin Salamah-Qudsi

    23. Sufism and Qur’ānic Ethics
    24. Atif Khalil

    25. Love and Beauty in Sufism
    26. Joseph Lumbard

    27. Sufism in Classical Persian Poetry
    28. Ali-Asghar Seyed-Gohrab



    29. Sufi Orders in the Medieval Period
    30. Lloyd Ridgeon

    31. The Bektaşiyya
    32. Riza Yildirim

    33. The Chishtiyya
    34. Scott Kugle

    35. The Qalandariyya
    36. Katherine Pratt Ewing and Ilona Gerbakher

    37. The Shādhiliyya
    38. Lahouari Ramzi Taleb

    39. Sufism, Tombs and Convents
    40. Thierry Zarcone

    41. Clothing and Investiture in Medieval Sufism
    42. Eyad Abuali

    43. Sufism and Christian Mysticism
    44. Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh

    45. The Jewish-Sufi Encounter in the Middle Ages
    46. Elisha Russ-Fishbane

    47. Sufism and the Hindu dharma
    48. Thomas Dahnhardt

    49. Sufism and the Safavids of Iran
    50. Andrew Newman

    51. Sufism and the Mughals of India
    52. Kashshaf Ghani

    53. Sufism in the Ottoman Empire
    54. John J. Curry

    55. The Qāḍīzādelis and Sufism
    56. Mustapha Sheikh


    57. Sufism in Modern Turkey
    58. Kim Shively

    59. Sufism in the UK
    60. Ron Geaves

    61. Sufism and Vernacular Knowledge in Sindh
    62. Michel Boivin

    63. The Egyptian Society for Spiritual and Cultural Research
    64. Valerie J. Hoffman

    65. Sufism in Modern Morocco
    66. Marta Dominguez Diaz

    67. Sufism in Senegal
    68. John Glover

    69. Sufism in North America

    Juliane Hammer


    Lloyd Ridgeon is reader in Islamic Studies at Glasgow University. His main research interests include Persianate Sufism and also Iranian history and modern Iranian culture. He has published extensively on areas including javānmardī, and he is currently writing a book on how the ḥijāb has been understood by modern Iranian seminarians.