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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Sufism

Edited By

Lloyd Ridgeon

ISBN 9781138040120
Published August 10, 2020 by Routledge
564 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents





  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

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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.