Sufism and the Muslim Spiritual Tradition : Texts, Institutes, Ideas, Interpretations

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Knysh , A (ed.) 2015 , Sufism and the Muslim Spiritual Tradition : Texts, Institutes, Ideas, Interpretations . vol. 1 , 1 edn , Peterburgskoe vostokovedenie , St. Petersburg .

Title: Sufism and the Muslim Spiritual Tradition : Texts, Institutes, Ideas, Interpretations
Other contributor: Knysh, Alexander
Contributor organization: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Publisher: Peterburgskoe vostokovedenie
Date: 2015-06-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 336
ISBN: 9785858034803
Abstract: Summary: “Sufism and the Muslim Spiritual Tradition” explores the complex and occasionally controversial phenomenon of Islamic theory, culture and practice known as “Sufism”. The chapters assembled in this book discuss Sufi texts, institutions, rituals, and discourses as well as related phenomena of Muslim cultural and spiritual life in the past and today. Edited by: Alexander Knysh (chief editor), University of Michigan and St. Petersburg State University Denis Brilyov, National Pedagogical University named after M.P. Dragomanov Oleg Yarosh, Institute of Philosophy named after G.S. Skovoroda, The Ukraine National Academy of Sciences Аннотация: Сборник статей «Суфизм и мусульманская духовная традиция» посвящен такому многогранному, спорному и яркому феномену мусульманской духовно-практической традиции, как суфизм, — его текстам, институтам, идеям и интерпретациям. Сборник рассчитан на самый широкий круг читателей, интересующихся духовной культурой и практикой мусульман, историей суфизма и его современным состоянием. Редакционная коллегия: Ответственный редактор А.Д. Кныш, Университет Мичигана и Санкт- Петербургский Государственный университет Д.В. Брилёв, Национальный педагогический университет им. М.П. Драгоманова, Киев О.А. Ярош, Институт философии им. Г.С. Сковороды НАН Украины, Киев
Description: Alexander Knysh is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Institute for Oriental Studies (The Leningrad Branch) of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1986. Since 1991 he has lived and worked in the United States of America and, briefly (1997-1998) in the United Kingdom. His research interests include Islamic mysticism (Sufism) and Islamic theological, philosophical, and juridical thought in historical perspective. His recent work has addressed the vicissitudes of Islamic/Islamist movements in local contexts (especially in Yemen, North Africa, Russia and the Northern Caucasus) with special reference to the on-going conflicts between Sufis and Salafis. He has numerous academic publications on these subjects, including seven books. He is currently working on a sequel to his Islamic Mysticism (2000; 2nd ed. 2010). Tentatively entitled Sufism in Modern Time it discusses the societal, educational, cultural and political roles of Sufi teachings, practices and institutions over the past few centuries. His next book project, tentatively entitled Islam and Empire in the Northern Caucasus, will examine the uses of Islam by the ethnically diverse communities of the Northern Caucasus as the ideology of resistance to the Russian conquest and subsequent domination of the area (from the 1820s until today). Alexander Knysh conducted field research in Yemen in 1986-1989 and 1999 where he examined the cult of saints as the site of contestation between adherents of traditional Yemeni religiosity and their “fundamentalist”/salafist opponents. Since 2005 he has served as section editor for “Sufism” on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Islam, Third Edition and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Sufi Studies, both of which are published by E.J. Brill, Leiden, the Netherlands. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the recently-launched Encyclopedia of Islamic Mysticism (E.J. Brill, Leiden).
Subject: 614 Theology
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