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Women of Sufism

A Hidden Treasure: Writings and Stories of Mystic Poets, Scholars & Saints
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
February, 2003
ISBN:
9781570629679
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$43.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity.

Spanning the centuries, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, the selections are by or about an array of Sufi traditions in different parts of the world, from
Asia,
Africa, and the
Middle East to
Europe and
America
—from beloved members of the Prophet’s family to the mystic Rabi’a al’Adawiyya to the modern scholar Annemarie Schimmel. Biographical anecdotes and personal memoirs provide a glimpse into the experiences of great saints and contemporary practitioners and spiritual leaders alike, while providing an introduction to the principles and practices of Sufism.

Since the beginning of consciousness, human beings, both female and male, have walked the path of return, recognition, and reunion with the Source of Being. Though in this world of duality we may find ourselves in different forms, ultimately, within Truth, there is no male or female, only Being. Within the Sufi traditions, the recognition of this truth has made possible the spiritual maturation of women in a way that has not always been possible in the West.

From the earliest days onward, women have played an important role in the development of Sufism, which is classically understood to have begun with the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad brought a message of integration of spirit and matter, of essence and everyday life, of recognition of the feminine as well as the masculine. Though cultural manifestations have layered over some of the original purity of intention, the words of the Qur’an convey the equality of women and men before the eyes of God.      —from the introduction

In a time when Islamic fundamentalist abuses against women have received much publicity, this beautiful anthology will be a valuable sourcebook for readers interested in women’s studies, Islamic studies, and comparative religion.

Camille Adams Helminski was the first woman to translate a substantial portion of the Qur’an into English, in her book The Light of Dawn.

Publisher’s Description: 

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Waythe mystical path of Islamis brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity.

Spanning the centuries, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, the selections are by or about an array of Sufi traditions in different parts of the world, from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to Europe and Americafrom beloved members of the Prophet's family to the mystic Rabi'a al-Adawiyya to the modern scholar Annemarie Schimmel. Biographical anecdotes and personal memoirs provide a glimpse into the experience of great saints and contemporary practitioners alike, while providing an introduction to the principles and practices of Sufism.From Muham-mad’s time to the present, women have played an important role in the development of Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam. This anthology highlights their contributions through writings by and about Sufi women from many different countries and schools of Sufism. The selections range from songs to prayers and visions, intimate dream journals to scholarly essays. Biographies and personal memoirs reveal much about Islam and its respect for the feminine.

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