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Shiblī: His Life and Thought in the Sufi Tradition , written by Kenneth Avery

Shiblī: His Life and Thought in the Sufi Tradition , written by Kenneth Avery Shiblī: His Life and Thought in the Sufi Tradition . Albany: State University of New York Press, 2014. vii + 157 pages, general index. Cloth. isbn 978-1-4384-5179-4. us $70.00. The period between the ninth and twelfth centuries in the development of the Sufi movement in Islam infrequently attracts scholarly study. The lack of textual evidence and the apparent unreliability of the available materials are among the major reasons for this. Hagiographies, which are our main sources, have long been regarded in a negative light, and their value for our understanding of the early history of Sufism is held in doubt. More recently, however, a new scholarly voice has begun to reclaim the historical value of hagiographies. 1 There is a crucial need to go beyond what can be seen as a “macro-oriented” method of grouping the names of the figures whose activities contributed to the appearance of Sufism, during the early medieval centuries. Scholarship on Sufism should shift its focus onto the “micro-oriented” achievements of each individual figure in order to reconstruct, as far as the available material allows, the social, religious and interpersonal realities. Around the teachings and life stories of early Sufi personalities, “a wide spectrum http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Sufi Studies Brill

Shiblī: His Life and Thought in the Sufi Tradition , written by Kenneth Avery

Journal of Sufi Studies , Volume 4 (1-2): 85 – Nov 13, 2015

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Shiblī: His Life and Thought in the Sufi Tradition . Albany: State University of New York Press, 2014. vii + 157 pages, general index. Cloth. isbn 978-1-4384-5179-4. us $70.00. The period between the ninth and twelfth centuries in the development of the Sufi movement in Islam infrequently attracts scholarly study. The lack of textual evidence and the apparent unreliability of the available materials are among the major reasons for this. Hagiographies, which are our main sources, have long been regarded in a negative light, and their value for our understanding of the early history of Sufism is held in doubt. More recently, however, a new scholarly voice has begun to reclaim the historical value of hagiographies. 1 There is a crucial need to go beyond what can be seen as a “macro-oriented” method of grouping the names of the figures whose activities contributed to the appearance of Sufism, during the early medieval centuries. Scholarship on Sufism should shift its focus onto the “micro-oriented” achievements of each individual figure in order to reconstruct, as far as the available material allows, the social, religious and interpersonal realities. Around the teachings and life stories of early Sufi personalities, “a wide spectrum

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Journal of Sufi StudiesBrill

Published: Nov 13, 2015

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