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Passion Before Me, My Fate Behind
Passion Before Me, My Fate Behind (December 2011)
Ibn al-Farid and the Poetry of Recollection
Th. Emil Homerin - Author

Explores the work of beloved Sufi poet Umar Ibn al-Farid and its context. Provides many translations of Ibn al-Farid’s poetry.

Umar Ibn al-Farid (1181–1235), author of two classic works, the Wine Ode and the Poem of the Sufi Way, is considered the greatest Sufi poet to write in Arabic. In this study, these and other poems by Umar Ibn al-Farid are considered within the context of Islamic mysticism, A...(Read More)
 
 
The Story of Islamic Philosophy
The Story of Islamic Philosophy (October 2011)
Ibn Tufayl, Ibn al-'Arabi, and Others on the Limit between Naturalism and Traditionalism
Salman H. Bashier - Author

Offers a new interpretation of medieval Islamic philosophy, one informed by Platonic mysticism.

In this innovative work, Salman H. Bashier challenges traditional views of Islamic philosophy. While Islamic thought from the crucial medieval period is often depicted as a rationalistic elaboration on Aristotelian philosophy and an attempt to reconcile it with the Muslim religion, Bashier puts equal emphasis on the influenc...(Read More)
 
 
Reason Unbound
Reason Unbound (August 2011)
On Spiritual Practice in Islamic Peripatetic Philosophy
Mohammad Azadpur - Author


A critique of the modern receptions of Islamic Peripatetic philosophy and a validation of the importance of Islamic philosophy for modern philosophy.

This intriguing work offers a new perspective on Islamic Peripatetic philosophy, critiquing modern receptions of such thought and highlighting the contribution it can make to contemporary Western philosophy. Mohammad Azadpur focuses on the thou...(Read More)
 
 
Displaced at Home
Displaced at Home (October 2010)
Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel
Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh - Editor
Isis Nusair - Editor
Lila Abu-Lughod - Foreword by

Groundbreaking essays by Palestinian women scholars on the lives of Palestinians within the state of Israel.

Most media coverage and research on the experience of Palestinians focuses on those living in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, while the sizable number of Palestinians living within Israel rarely garners significant academic or media attention. Offering a rich and multidimensional portrait of the lived...(Read More)
 
 
A Soaring Minaret
A Soaring Minaret (July 2010)
Abu Bakr al-Wasiti and the Rise of Baghdadi Sufism
Laury Silvers - Author

The development of early Islamic mysticism and metaphysics is presented through the life and work of theologian Abu Bakr al-Wasiti.

Sufi scholar Abu Bakr al-Wasiti (d. ca. 320 AH/932 CE) was called a “soaring minaret” for his cutting comments and keen theological insights. Wāsiṭī’s life is little known today, but elements of his lost Qur’ān commentary have come down to us ...(Read More)
 
 
Pathways to an Inner Islam
Pathways to an Inner Islam (February 2010)
Massignon, Corbin, Guenon, and Schuon
Patrick Laude - Author

An introduction to four Western figures influenced by Sufism who wrote about an esoteric or spiritual “inner Islam.”

Pathways to an Inner Islam provides an introduction to the esoteric or spiritual “inner Islam” presented by Western thinkers Louis Massignon, Henry Corbin, René Guénon, and Frithjof Schuon. Particularly interested in Sufism—the mystical tradition of Islam...(Read More)
 
 
Ottoman Medicine
Ottoman Medicine (December 2009)
Healing and Medical Institutions, 1500-1700
Miri Shefer-Mossensohn - Author

First work in English devoted to medicine in the Ottoman world.

The social history of medicine in the Ottoman Empire and the historic Middle East is told in rich detail for the first time in English. Accessible and engaging, Ottoman Medicine sheds light on the work and power of medical practitioners in the Ottoman world. The enduring significance and fascinating history of Ottoman medicine emerge through a co...(Read More)
 
 
The Making of Modern Libya
The Making of Modern Libya (November 2009)
State Formation, Colonization, and Resistance, Second Edition
Ali Abdullatif Ahmida - Author

Second edition of the provocative study analyzing the social, cultural, and historical roots of modern Libya.

The Making of Modern Libya is a thorough examination of the social, cultural, and historical background of modern Libya. Ali Abdullatif Ahmida examines the reaction of the ordinary Libyan people to colonialism and nationalism, from the early nineteenth century through the end of anticolonial re...(Read More)
 
 
Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt
Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (October 2009)
Samer S. Shehata - Author

Ethnographic study of textile factory workers in Alexandria, Egypt.

In Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt, Samer S. Shehata provides us with a unique and detailed ethnographic portrait of life within two large textile factories in Alexandria, Egypt. Working for nearly a year as a “winding machine operator” provided Shehata with unprecedented access to workers at the point of production and t...(Read More)
 
 
Rumi's Mystical Design
Rumi's Mystical Design (October 2009)
Reading the Mathnawi, Book One
Seyed Ghahreman Safavi - Author
Simon Weightman - Author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

This landmark book reveals the structure of Rumī’s thirteenth-century classic, the Mathnawī. A beloved collection of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses full of anecdotes and parables on what appear to be loosel...(Read More)
 
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