BOOK REVIEW Beauty in Sufism: the teachings of Ruzbihan Baqli. By Kazuyo Murata. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017. Pp. 212. ISBN 978-1-4384-6279-0. Reviewed by Oliver Leaman University of Kentucky firstname.lastname@example.org This in every way an excellent book. Murata cuts through the extravagant prose of Ruzbihan Baqli and presents a very plausible account of his central thesis. Anyone who knows this thinker will understand how difficult this is since he is usually far from concise or clear. Despite this he is a very interesting and important thinker and Murata has done a considerable service to those interested in the thought of the period, and mystical philosophy as a whole in the Islamic world, with her work here. She underplays her contribution since she denies that what Ruzbihan is doing when talking about beauty is anything to with classical aesthetics, but she is mistaken. Although clearly beauty within a religious context raises different issues from those in other contexts, they are still aesthetic. Murata's point is that beauty for Sufi thinkers is not so much about feelings about how things look as it is a reflection of how they are, but then this contrast exists as part of
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