Routledge Sufi Series

Series Editor: Ian Richard Netton

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.

  • Practical Mysticism in Islam and Christianity

    A Comparative Study of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Meister Eckhart

    By Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh

    Practical Mysticism in Islam and Christianity offers a comparative study of the works of the Sufi-poet Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) and the practical teachings of the German Dominican, Meister Eckhart (c1260-1327/8). Rumi has remained an influential figure in Islamic mystical discourse since the…

    Hardback – 2016-02-01 
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  • Ibn Al-Arabi's Fusus Al-Hikam

    An Annotated Translation of "The Bezels of Wisdom"

    By Binyamin Abrahamov

    Ibn al-Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam is a translation of one of the most important works written on Islamic Mysticism. Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-Arabi (1165-1240) is deemed the greatest mystic of Islam and his mystical philosophy has attracted the attention of both Muslims and non-Muslims from his time to the…

    Hardback – 2015-04-23
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  • Women in Sufism

    Female Religiosities in a Transnational Order

    By Marta Dominguez Diaz

    Exploring the diverse myriad of female religious identities that exist within the various branches of the Moroccan Sufi Order, Qadiriyya Budshishiyya, today, this book evidences a wide array of religious identities, from those more typical of Berber culture, to those characterised by a ‘sober’…

    Hardback – 2014-11-11
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  • Mulla Sadra and Eschatology

    Evolution of Being

    By Eiyad S. Al-Kutubi

    The book explains Sadra’s theory of the nature of afterlife. It presents Sadra’s philosophical premises concerning the nature of human beings and their physical and psychological developments through which Sadra shows how the afterlife is intimately connected to the nature of the human being and…

    Hardback – 2014-09-11
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  • Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism

    A History of Sufi-Futuwwat in Iran

    By Lloyd Ridgeon

    Sufism is often understood to be the mystical dimension of Islam, and many works have focused on the nature of "mystical experiences" and the relationship between man and God. Yet Sufism was a human response to a wide range of contexts and circumstances; the fact that Sufis lived in society and…

    Paperback – 2014-03-28
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  • Spiritual Purification in Islam

    The Life and Works of al-Muhasibi

    By Gavin Picken

    Purification of the soul is a principle that is central to understanding Islamic spirituality but despite this, relatively little has been written explicitly in the Islamic tradition regarding this discrete method of spiritual purification. This book examines the work of a scholar of this…

    Paperback – 2014-03-28
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  • Sufism and Society

    Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World, 1200–1800

    Edited by John Curry, Erik Ohlander

    In recent years, many historians of Islamic mysticism have been grappling in sophisticated ways with the difficulties of essentialism. Reconceptualising the study of Islamic mysticism during an under-researched period of its history, this book examines the relationship between Sufism and society in…

    Paperback – 2014-03-10
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  • Sufis in Western Society

    Global networking and locality

    Edited by Markus Dressler, Ron Geaves, Gritt Klinkhammer

    In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of issues relating to the dynamic…

    Paperback – 2013-04-10
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  • Islamic Mysticism and Abu Talib Al-Makki

    The Role of the Heart

    By Saeko Yazaki

    Both in everyday language and religious metaphor, the heart often embodies the true self and is considered to be the seat of emotion in many cultures. Many Muslim thinkers have attempted to clarify the nature of Sufism using its metaphorical image, particularly in the tenth and eleventh centuries.…

    Hardback – 2012-11-21
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  • Early Mystics in Turkish Literature

    By Mehmed Fuad Koprulu

    This book is a translation of one of the most important Turkish scholarly works of the twentieth century. It was the masterpiece of M.F. Koprulu, one of Turkey’s leading, and most prolific, intellectuals and scholars. Using a wide variety of Arabic, and especially Turkish and Persian sources,…

    Paperback – 2012-02-06
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  • Sufi Visionary of Ottoman Damascus

    'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, 1641-1731

    By Elizabeth Sirriyeh

    'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641 to1731) was the most outstanding scholarly Sufi of Ottoman Syria. He was regarded as the leading religious poet of his time and as an excellent commentator of classical Sufi texts. At the popular level, he has been read as an interpreter of symbolic dreams. Moreover,…

    Paperback – 2011-09-01
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  • Muslim Saints of South Asia

    The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries

    By Anna Suvorova

    This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines principal trends of the main Sufi orders in India, the profiles and teachings of the famous and less known saints, and the development of pilgrimage to their tombs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A detailed…

    Paperback – 2011-04-07
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  • A Psychology of Early Sufi Samâ`

    Listening and Altered States

    By Kenneth S. Avery

    Avery explores the psychology of altered states among the early Sufis. It examines samâ` - listening to ritual recitation, music and certain other aural phenomena - and its effect in inducing unusual states of consciousness and behaviours. The focus is on the earliest personalities of the…

    Paperback – 2011-03-28
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  • Sufi Castigator

    Ahmad Kasravi and the Iranian Mystical Tradition

    By Lloyd Ridgeon

    Sufi Castigator investigates the writings of Ahmad Kasravi, one of the foremost intellectuals in Iran. It studies his work within the context of Sufism in modern Iran and mystical Persian literature and includes translations of Kasravi’s writings. Kasravi provides a fascinating topic for those with…

    Paperback – 2011-03-28
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  • Divine Love in Islamic Mysticism

    The Teachings of al-Ghazali and al-Dabbagh

    By Binyamin Abrahamov

    The two theories of divine love that are examined in this book have their foundations in Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim ideas. Al-Ghazâlî (twelfth century) was influenced mainly by Plato and Ibn Sina's teachings, while al-Dabbâgh (thirteenth century), who accepted some Ghazâlîan notions,…

    Paperback – 2011-03-14
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  • Popular Sufism in Eastern Europe

    Sufi Brotherhoods and the Dialogue with Christianity and 'Heterodoxy'

    By H.T. Norris

    This is a detailed description of the various Sufi orders and movements which entered into the Balkans, the Crimean peninsula and other parts of Eastern Europe following the Ottoman conquests. Many of the Sufis came from Christian societies, principally from an Eastern Orthodox background, but…

    Paperback – 2011-03-14
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  • Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century

    Saints, Books and Empires in the Muslim Deccan

    By Nile Green

    Sufism is often regarded as standing mystically aloof from its wider cultural settings. By turning this perspective on its head, Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century reveals the politics and poetry of Indian Sufism through the study of Islamic sainthood in the midst of a cosmopolitan Indian…

    Paperback – 2009-08-03
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  • The Naqshbandiyya

    Orthodoxy and Activism in a Worldwide Sufi Tradition

    By Itzchak Weismann

    The Naqshbandiyya is one of the most widespread and influential Sufi orders in the Muslim world. Having its origins in the Great Masters tradition of Central Asia almost a millennium ago, it played a significant role in the pre-modern history of the Indian subcontinent and the Ottoman Empire, and…

    Paperback – 2009-04-14
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  • Revelation, Intellectual Intuition and Reason in the Philosophy of Mulla Sadra

    An Analysis of the al-hikmah al-'arshiyyah

    By Zailan Moris

    This book examines and analyses the legitimacy of the widely held claim that Mulla Sadra's philosophy (al-hikmah al-muta'aliyyah) is a synthesis of principles and doctrines drawn from revelation (wahy), gnosis ('irfan/ma'rifah) and discursive philosophy (al-hikmah al-bahthiyyah). In Mulla Sadra's…

    Paperback – 2003-06-26
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  • Striving for Divine Union

    Spiritual Exercises for Suhraward Sufis

    By Qamar-ul Huda

    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…

    Paperback – 2002-10-24
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  • Sufi Ritual

    The Parallel Universe

    By Ian Richard Netton

    This study reveals the world of Sufi ritual with particular reference to two major Sufi orders. It examines the ritual and practices of these orders and surveys their organisation and hierarchy, initiation ceremonies, and aspects of their liturgy such as dhikr (litany) and sama (mystical concert).…

    Paperback – 2000-06-07
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  • Sufis and Anti-Sufis

    The Defence, Rethinking and Rejection of Sufism in the Modern World

    By Elizabeth Sirriyeh

    Despite its continuing appeal in the Muslim world, Sufism has faced fierce challenges in the last 250 years. This volume assesses the evolution of anti-Sufism since the middle of the eighteenth century and Sufi strategies for survival. It also considers the efforts of a few significant Muslim…

    Paperback – 1998-10-21
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  • Aziz Nasafi

    By Lloyd Ridgeon

    Shows Nasafi and his legacy in a new light. Nasafi's works are of particular interest because they contain valuable descriptions of the different Islamic world views of the age. Includes substantial extracts to help illuminate this perceptive study of a neglected figure in the pantheon of Sufi…

    Paperback – 1998-01-23
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  • Persian Sufi Poetry

    An Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Persian Poems

    By J. T. P. de Bruijn

    Focuses on the poems rather than on their authors. Surveys the development of Persian mystical poetry, dealing first with the relation between Sufism and literature and then with the four main genres of the tradition: the epigram, the homiletic poem, love poetry and symbolic narrative.…

    Paperback – 1997-04-18
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  • Suhrawardi and the School of Illumination

    By Mehdi Amin Razavi Aminrazavi

    Shihab al-Din Yahya Suhrawardi, also known as Shaikh al-ishraq or the Master of Illumination, lived in the sixth century AH / twelfth century CE.His thoughts form a consistent and coherent philosophical system, and a close study of his writings in Persian reveals a theory of knowledge generally…

    Paperback – 1996-12-16
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  • Abdullah Ansari of Herat (1006-1089 Ce)

    An Early Sufi Master

    By A. G. Ravan Farhadi

    Consisting of a bibliographical account of this early Sufi master's childhood, youth, and years as a teacher and spiritual leader, as well as of translations of a selection from his books and treatises, this work traces the life and teachings of Abdullah Ansari - from poverty and destitution as a…

    Paperback – 1996-02-29
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  • The Concept of Sainthood in Early Islamic Mysticism

    Two Works by Al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi - An Annotated Translation with Introduction

    By John O'Kane, Bernd Radtke

    This book provides translations of the earliest Arabic autobiography and the earliest theoretical explanation of the psychic development and powers of an Islamic holy man (Saint, Friend of God).…

    Paperback – 1996-02-29
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  • Ruzbihan Baqli

    Mysticism and the Rhetoric of Sainthood in Persian Sufism

    By Carl W. Ernst

    The first full-length study devoted tothe life and mystical experiences of one of the outstanding figures in Persian Sufism.…

    Paperback – 1996-02-08
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  • Al-Hallaj

    By Herbert I. W. Mason

    The life and teachings of Islam's most dramatic and controversial mystic, Husayn ibn Mansur, better known as Al-Hallaj (the reader of hearts).…

    Paperback – 1995-07-20
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  • Beyond Faith and Infidelity

    The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari

    By Leonard Lewisohn

    Shabistari's thought, opposition to Persia's mullahs, relationship to peripatetic philosophy and place in classical Persian literature.…

    Paperback – 1995-07-20
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