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Sufism: The Heart of Islam

 
Sadia Dehlvi (Author)
Synopsis Sufism, says Sadia Dehlvi, is the preserved spiritual path that forms the heart of Islam. In this engaging narrative dealing mainly with the subcontinent, she draws on a range of Muslim texts and traditions to show that Sufism is not an innovation, but the continuity of a thought process that links Muslims to their religious predecessors all the way to Prophet Muhammad. The book delves into the remarkable lives of the early Sufis, their literature, and their philosophies that emphasize the purification of the heart. It highlights the major Sufi orders, their popularity in the subcontinent and the impact of the teachings of the Sufi Masters on the devotional aspect of Islam. From the early days of Islam to the modern-day concerns of militant ideologies, the author picks up each strand of religious debate to explore its history and its implications for human civilization, and in the process offers an insightful assessment of the complex relationship of Sufism with both Muslim and non-Muslim societies.
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About the author

Sadia Dehlvi

Sadia Dehlvi is a well-known columnist who writes for several leading publications of the subcontinent. Besides editing a monthly Urdu Journal for Women, she has produced and scripted a number of documentaries and television programmes. For over 30 years, Dehlvi has been engaged in voicing concern on issues regarding Heritage, culture, women and Muslim communities. She lives with her teenage son in New Delhi, and is currently working on a book on Delhi's Rich Sufi History.

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Title Sufism: The Heart of Islam
Author Sadia Dehlvi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.05.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788172237974
length xxix+384p., Figures; Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.

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