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Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi'ism (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)

Karen G. Ruffle

In this study of devotional hagiographical texts and contemporary ritual performances of the Shi'a of Hyderabad, India, Karen Ruffle demonstrates how traditions of sainthood and localized cultural values shape gender roles. Ruffle focuses on the annual... (read more)

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Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East

Deborah Amos

Hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims displaced or exiled by the conflict in Iraq have spread across the Middle East, unbalancing that sensitive region. From Amman to Beirut and Damascus, Deborah Amos follows the impact of one of the great migrations of... (read more)

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Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters

Omid Safi

Who was Muhammad? What do we know historically, and does that differ from how he is seen by his followers and venerated today? Memories of Muhammad presents Muhammad as a lens through which to view both the genesis of Islamic religion and the grand sweep... (read more)

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Rumi a Spiritual Treasury


Gathered under a spectrum of thematic headings, from The Sufi Way to Living in the Spirit, this exquisite illustrated anthology offers a distillation of Rumi's profound wisdom. Jalal al Din Rumi (1207-73 CE) was born in the Persian province of Khorassan (... (read more)

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We Are Three: New Rumi Poems

Coleman Barks

Pithy quatrains, ecstatic odes, and long rambles through the Mathnawi (including animal fables, jokes, and stories of human orneriness and innocence), all saturated with Rumi's deep teachings and images of his spiritual surrender.... (read more)

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A Spirit of Tolerance: The Inspiring Life of Tierno Bokar (Library of Perennial Philosophy)

Amadou Hampate Ba

Tierno Bokar (1875-1939), African mystic and Muslim spiritual teacher, was remarkable for the drama of his life story (which was made into a recent play directed by Peter Brook). His message of religious tolerance and universal love is profoundly... (read more)

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Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World: Second Revised Edition

Thomas W Lippman

A little over thirteen centuries ago, the prophet Muhammad converted a few Arab desert tribes to the belief in a single god, Allah, thus founding the religion of Islam. Within a century, that belief had created one of history's mightiest empires&mdash... (read more)

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Master of the Age: An Islamic Treatise on the Necessity of the Imamate

Paul E. Walker

Few Islamic doctrines have provoked as much division and disagreement as those bound up with the imamate: or the office of supreme leader of the Muslim community following the Prophet's death. In the medieval period, while the caliphate still existed... (read more)

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