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Striving for Divine Union

Spiritual Exercises for Suhraward Sufis, 1st Edition

By Qamar-ul Huda


240 pages

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This book examines the theological, philosophical and Islamic mystical dimensions of the Suhrawardî sufi order from the 13th to 15th centuries. The Suhrawardîs were a legally grounded and intellectually vibrant sufi order whose mystical path was based on exchanges and debates on the Qur'an and on the Prophet's customs. The book analyses their interpretation of sacred texts: the Qur'an, hadiths, sunna, and malfuzat. This created a unique self-understanding, which developed specific sufi spiritual exercises. The book discusses new important ways of thinking about the sufi hermeneutics of the Qur'an and its contribution to Islamic intellectual and spiritual life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Transliteration Notes Introduction 1. The Political Activities of Shaikh al-Suhrawardî 2. Awârif al-Ma'âif: The Sufi Manual of Shaikh 'Abû Hafs 3. Sacred Identities in the Suhrawardîyya Order 4. The Suhrawarîyya Silsilâ in Multan and Ucch 5. Multani SuhrawardÎ Tasawwuf: Spiritual Exercises

About the Author

Qamar-ul Huda is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Theology at Boston College and writes about medieval Islamic texts and mystical sufi treatises. He earned his doctorate from UCLA in the field of Islamic intellectual history and currently is working on sufi commentaries of the Qur'an and is translating a number of sufi treatises dealing with the Suhrawardi sufi path.

About the Series

Routledge Sufi Series

The Routledge Sufi Series provides short introductions to a variety of facets of the subject, which are accessible both to the general reader and the student and scholar in the field. Each book will be either a synthesis of existing knowledge or a distinct contribution to, and extension of, knowledge of the particular topic. The two major underlying principles of the Series are sound scholarship and readability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies