The Heritage of Sufism: Classical Persian Sufism from Its Origins to Rumi (700-1300) V.1

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The first volume in a three-volume set, this is a study of the rise of Persian Sufi spirituality and literature in Islam during the first six Muslim centuries. This collection of 24 essays covers the key achievements of the Muslim intellectual and cultural tradition in history, mysticism, philosophy, and poetry. It demonstrates the positive role played by Sufi thinkers during this period. The subjects covered include Sufi masters and schools; literature and poetry; spiritual chivalry; divine love; Persian Sufi literature – Rumi and ‘Attar.

About the author (1999)

Leonard Lewisohn was a highly regarded scholar of Persian and Sufi literature. He taught at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter; the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, University of London; and was a Research Associate and Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Academic Research at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he also taught Persian. Among many other works, he authored Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari and edited the three volumes on The Heritage of Sufism published by Oneworld.

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