Edited by Lloyd Ridgeon

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About the Book

In recent years, interest in Sufism – often regarded as the mystical dimension of Islam – has blossomed. Taught in European and American universities for many years, Sufism is an increasingly popular area of research in disciplines such as Islamic studies, comparative religion, area studies, anthropology, history, and politics.

In this new Routledge Major Work, the editor, a leading scholar in the field, has gathered in four volumes the canonical and the very best cutting-edge literature on Sufism to create an indispensable reference resource. The collection focuses on: origins and development; hermeneutics and doctrines; ritual, authority, and word; and modern Sufism.

Table of Contents


1. Abu Bakr and Siraj ed-Din, ‘The Nature and Origin of Sufism’, in S. H. Nasr (ed), Islamic Spirituality: Foundations (London: SCM Press, 1989), pp. 223–8.

2. Nazeer el Azma, ‘Some Notes on the Impact of the Story of the Mi’Raj on Sufi literature’, Muslim World, 63, 1973, pp. 93–104.

3. Christopher Melchert, ‘The Transition from Asceticism to Mysticism at the Middle of the Ninth Century C.E.’, Studia Islamica, 83, 1996, pp. 51–70.

4. Michael Cooperson, ‘Ibn Hanbal and Bishr al-Hafi: A Case-Study in Biographical traditions’, Studia Islamica, 86, 2, 1997, pp. 71–101.

5. Rkia Cornell, ‘Introduction: As-Sulami and His Sufi Women’, Early Sufi Women (Fons Vitae, 1999), pp. 31–70.

6. Wilferd Madelung, ‘Sufism and the Karramiyya’, Religious Trends in Early Islamic Iran (Albany: SUNY Press, 1988), pp. 39–53.

7. Sara Sviri, ‘Hakim Tirmidhi and the Malamati Movement in Early Sufism’, in L. Lewisohn (ed), Classical Persian Sufism: from its Origins to Rumi (Oxford: Oneworld, 1999), pp. 583–613.

8. Jawid Mojaddedi, ‘Getting Drunk with Abu Yazid or Staying Sober with Junayd: The Creation of a Popular Typology of Sufism’, School of Oriental and African Studies Bulletin, LXVI, 1, 2003, pp. 1–13.

9. Carl Ernst, ‘Topics and Forms of Expression’, Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (Albany: SUNY Press, 1985), pp. 25–45.

10. Margaret Malamud, ‘Sufi Organizations and Structures of Authority in Medieval Nishapur’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 26, 1994, pp. 427–42.

11. Carl Ernst and Bruce Lawrence, ‘What is a Sufi Order’, Sufi Martyrs of Love (Palgrave, 2002), pp. 11–26.

12. Henri Corbin ‘IV. Visio Smaragdina’, The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism (Omega Publications, 1994), pp. 61–97.

13. A. S. Hussanini, ‘Uways al-Qarani and the Uwaysi Sufis’, Muslim World 57, 1967, pp. 103–13.


14. Nile Green ‘Emerging Approaches to the Sufi Traditions of South Asia’, South Asia Research, 24, 2, 2004, pp. 123–48.

15. Richard Eaton, ‘Sufis as Warriors’, Sufis of Bijapur 130–1700 (Princeton University Press, 1978), pp. 19–44.

16. Kirstin Zahra Sands, ‘Methods of Interpretation’, Sufi Commentaries on the Qur’an in Classical Islam (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 35–46.

17. William Chittick, ‘The Perfect Man as the Prototype of the Self in the Sufism of Jami’, Studia Islamica, 49, 1979, pp. 135–57.

18. William Chittick, ‘Five Divine Presences: al-Qunawi to al-Qaysari’, Muslim World, 80, 2, 1982, pp. 107–28.

19. Akiro Matsumoto, ‘The Sufi Intellectual Tradition Among Sino-Muslims’ (new for this collection).

20. Lloyd Ridgeon, ‘A Sufi Perspective of Evil’, Iran, XXXVI, 1998, pp. 113–22.

21. Ian Netton, ‘Ishraq and Wahda’, Allah Transcendent (Richmond: Curzon Press, 1989), pp. 256–320.

22. Andrew Newman, ‘Sufism and Anti-Sufism in Safavid’, Iran, XXXVII, 1999, pp. 95–108.

23. William Chittick, ‘Diversity of Belief’, Imaginal Worlds (Albany: SUNY Press, 1994), pp. 137–60.

24. Carl Ernst, ‘Situating Sufism and Yoga’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Series 3, 15, 1, 2005, pp. 15–43.

25. Nathan Katz, ‘The Identity of a Mystic: The Case of Sa’id Sarmad, a Jewish-Yogi-Sufi Courtier of the Mughals’, Numen, 47, 2000, 142–60.

26. Jamal J. Elias, ‘Female and Feminine in Islamic Mysticism’, Muslim World, 78, 1988, pp. 209–24.

27. Margaret Malamud, ‘Gender and Spiritual Self-Fashioning: The Master-Disciple Relationship in Classical Sufism’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 64, 1, 1996, 89–117.

28. Alaine Hutson, ‘Women, Men, and Patriarchal Bargaining in an Islamic Sufi Order, Gender and Society, 15, 5, 2001, 734–53.


29. Arthur Gribetz, ‘The Sama Controversy: Sufi vs Legalist’, Studia Islamica, 74, 1991, pp. 43–62.

30. Michael Gilsenen ‘Ritual: The dhikr’, Saint and Sufi in Modern Egypt (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973), pp. 156–87.

31. Peter van der Veer, ‘Playing or Praying: A Sufi Saint’s Day in Surat’, Journal of Asian Studies, 51, 3, 1992, 545–64.

32. Katherine Ewing, ‘Malangs of the Punjab’, in B. Metcalf (ed.), Moral Conduct and Authority (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984), pp. 357–71.

33. Ron Geaves, ‘Universal Sufism’, The Sufis of Britain (Cardiff Academic Press, 2000), pp. 161–84.

34. Valerie J. Hoffman-Ladd, ‘Devotion to the Prophet and His Family in Egyptian Sufism’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 24, 1992, pp. 615–37.

35. Edward B. Reeves, ‘Power, Resistance, and the Cult of Muslim Saints in a Northern Egyptian Town’, American Ethnologist, 22, 2, May 1995, 306–23.

36. Ernest Gellner, Postmodernism, Reason and Religion (London: Routledge, 1992), pp. 1–22.

37. Lloyd Ridgeon ‘Javanmardi: Origins and Development until the 13th Century and its Connection to Sufism’, Annals of Japan Association for Middle Eastern Studies, 21, 2006, pp. 49–74.

38. Matthijs van den Bos, ‘Sufi Authority in Khatami’s Iran’, Oriente Moderno, XXI, 2002, 351–78.

39. Mehdi Aminrazavi, ‘Khayyam and Sufism’, The Wine of Wisdom (Oxford: Oneworld, 2005), pp. 134–56.

40. Fatemeh Keshavarz, ‘How Sweetly with a Kiss is the Speech Interrupted: Rumi’s Poetics of Silence’, Reading Mystical Lyric (University of South Carolina Press, 1998), pp. 49–71.

41. Hans-Lukas Kieser, ‘Alevilik as Song and Dialogue: The Village Sage Meluli Baba (189–1989)’, in D. Shankland (ed.), Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia (The Isis Press: Istanbul, 2004), pp. 355–68.


42. Bernd Radke, ‘Neo-Sufism Reconsidered’, Der Islam, 70, 1993, 52–87.

43. Valerie J. Hoffman, ‘Annihilation in the Messenger of God’, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 31, 3, 1999, pp. 351–69.

44. John Voll, ‘The Sudanese Mahdi: Frontier Fundamentalist’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 10, 2, 1979, 145–66.

45. Albert Hourani, ‘Sufism and Modern Islam: Rashid Rida’, Emergence of the Modern Middle East (Palgrave, 1981) pp. 90–102.

46. Lloyd Ridgeon ‘Scourge of the Sufis’, Sufi Castigator (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 45–63.

47. Serif Mardin, ‘The Naqshibendi Order of Turkey’, in Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby (eds.), Fundamentalisms and the State (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), pp. 204–32.

48. Charles Lindholm, ‘Prophets and Pirs’, in P. Werbner and H. Basu (eds.), Embodying Charisma (London: Routledge, 1998), pp. 209–33.

49. Pnina Werbner, ‘Stamping the Earth With the Name of Allah’, Cultural Anthropology, 11, 3,1996, pp. 309–8.

50. Dru Gladney, ‘The Hui, Islam and the State: A Sufi Community in China’s Northwest corner’, in Jo-Ann Gross (ed.), Muslims in Central Asia (Duke University Press, 1992), pp. 8–111.

51. Julia Day Howell, ‘Sufism and the Indonesian Islamic Revival’, Journal of South Asian Studies, 60, 3, 2001, pp. 701–29.

52. Jamil M. Abun-Nasr, The Tijaniyya (Oxford University Press, 1965), pp. 27–57.

53. Donal B. Cruise O’Brien, ‘Charisma Comes to Town: Mouride Urbanization 194–1986’, in idem and Christian Coulon, Charisma and Brotherhoods in African Islam (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), pp. 135–55.

54. I. M. Lewis ‘Sufism in Somaliland: A Study in Tribal Islam’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 18, 1, 1956, pp. 145–60.

55. Tomas Gerholm, ‘The Islamization of Contemporary Egypt’, in Westerlund and Evers Rosander (eds.), African Islam and Islam in Africa (Hurst & Co, 1997), pp. 127–61.

56. Alexander Knysh, ‘Irfan Revisited: Khomeini and the Legacy of Islamic Mystical Philsophy’, Middle East Journal, 46.4, Autumn 1992, pp. 631–53.

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies

Our Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies series spans a number of subject areas that are closely linked to the religion. From Islamic Law through to Islam and Globalization, the series includes a whole range of titles under the broad subject heading of Islamic Studies. Upcoming titles include, Tafsir: Interpreting the Qur'an and Early Years of Islam.

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Subject Categories

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