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The A to Z of Sufism includes more than 1,000 entries on the history, major figures, institutions, theology, and literary works associated with Islam’s mystical tradition, Sufism. In addition, the volume is enhanced by thousands of cross-references, an introductory essay, and a map, chronology, glossary, and bibliography. Important visual themes associated with Sufi thought and history are illustrated in 20 black-and-white photographs of both classical and contemporary aspects of Sufism.
This volume’s extensive information will not only assist those seeking a deeper understanding of the diversity within Islam and a more complete context for contemporary events but will also prove invaluable to researchers needing quick access to both basic and obscure aspects of Sufism.
About the author (2009)
John Renard is a professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, where he has taught Islamic studies, history of religion, and comparative theology since 1978.