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Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God , written by William C. Chittick

Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God , written by William C. Chittick Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God . New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. xxix + 490 pages, notes, bibliography, index of Qur’anic verses, index of hadiths and sayings, index of names and terms. Cloth. isbn 9780300185959. us $85.00. This unusual book appears to have been written with two main aims in mind: firstly, to address the subject of love, its place in Islam and significance for Sufis, in a way that will be accessible to lay or non-specialist readers; and secondly, to celebrate and make better known two masterpieces of Persian literature, the Kashf al-asrār wa ʿuddat al-abrār of Rashīd al-Dīn Maybudī (fl. 1126) and the Rawḥ al-arwāḥ fī sharḥ asmāʾ al-malik al-fattāḥ of Aḥmad Samʿānī (d. 1167). Translations from these two Persian works make up the greater part by far of this 430-page anthology, and therefore the wider implication of ‘Islamic Literature’ in the second part of the title could more properly be applied to the latter part of the book where passages from other authors, such as Ibn Sīnā, the Ikhwān al-Ṣafā, Muḥammad Ghazālī, Aḥmad Ghazālī, Rūzbihān Baqlī and Qushayrī, make more of an appearance. At a rough estimate, material included in Divine http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Sufi Studies Brill

Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God , written by William C. Chittick

Journal of Sufi Studies , Volume 4 (1-2): 93 – Nov 13, 2015

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Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God . New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. xxix + 490 pages, notes, bibliography, index of Qur’anic verses, index of hadiths and sayings, index of names and terms. Cloth. isbn 9780300185959. us $85.00. This unusual book appears to have been written with two main aims in mind: firstly, to address the subject of love, its place in Islam and significance for Sufis, in a way that will be accessible to lay or non-specialist readers; and secondly, to celebrate and make better known two masterpieces of Persian literature, the Kashf al-asrār wa ʿuddat al-abrār of Rashīd al-Dīn Maybudī (fl. 1126) and the Rawḥ al-arwāḥ fī sharḥ asmāʾ al-malik al-fattāḥ of Aḥmad Samʿānī (d. 1167). Translations from these two Persian works make up the greater part by far of this 430-page anthology, and therefore the wider implication of ‘Islamic Literature’ in the second part of the title could more properly be applied to the latter part of the book where passages from other authors, such as Ibn Sīnā, the Ikhwān al-Ṣafā, Muḥammad Ghazālī, Aḥmad Ghazālī, Rūzbihān Baqlī and Qushayrī, make more of an appearance. At a rough estimate, material included in Divine

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