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From the Shahs to Los Angeles
From the Shahs to Los Angeles (November 2012)
Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture
Saba Soomekh - Author

GOLD MEDALIST - 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Religion category

A fascinating look at the lives, culture, and religious and ritual observance of three generations of Iranian Jewish women in the United States.

Saba Soomekh offers a fascinating portrait of three generations of women in an ethnically distinctive and little-known American Jewish community, Jew...(Read More)
 
 
The Triumph of Mercy
The Triumph of Mercy (September 2012)
Philosophy and Scripture in Mulla Sadra
Mohammed Rustom - Author

21st International Book of the Year Prize in Iran

Discusses philosopher Mullā Ṣadrā’s commentary on the opening chapter of the Qur'ān.

This book investigates the convergence of philosophy, scriptural exegesis, and mysticism in the thought of the celebrated Islamic philosopher Mullā Ṣadrā (d. 1050/1640). Through a careful presenta...(Read More)
 
 
In Search of the Lost Heart
In Search of the Lost Heart (February 2012)
Explorations in Islamic Thought
William C. Chittick - Author
Mohammed Rustom - Editor
Atif Khalil - Editor
Kazuyo Murata - Editor

Renowned scholar William C. Chittick explores the worldview of Islam in a series of essays written over thirty-six years.

In Search of the Lost Heart brings together twenty-six essays by William C. Chittick, renowned scholar of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Written between 1975 and 2011, most of these essays are not readily available in Chittick’s own books. Although this is a collection, its edit...(Read More)
 
 
Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies
Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies (February 2012)
Özgen Felek - Editor
Alexander D. Knysh - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of the place of dreams and visions in Islamic societies from the premodern period to the present.

Dreams and visions have always been important in Islamic societies. Yet, their pervasive impact on Muslim communities and on the lives of individual Muslims remains largely unknown and rather surprising to Westerners. This book addresses this gap in understanding with a fascinating and div...(Read More)
 
 
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)
 
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