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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality

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  • Copyright: 2022-12-12
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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A ground-breaking and comprehensive collection on various facets of Islamic spirituality throughout history and in the modern world

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality is an authoritative reference work comprising twenty-eight scholarly essays that explore the expressive and performative dimensions of Islamic spirituality. Edited by two of its most prominent scholars, and bringing together a stellar cast of contributors, this wide-ranging volume covers religious practices, sacred texts, history and places, gender, music, poetry, the visual arts, and politics.

Spirituality has had a long and important history in Islam, where a focus on spirituality is required of every believer. Each Muslim is asked to achieve a state of devotion through prayer, fasting, supplications, recitations, pilgrimage, and ascetic practices. The essays in this volume explain the role of spirituality in Islam—from its beginnings, through the development of its institutions, and into the present day. They also reflect important new research, and discuss contemporary debates and issues affecting Islamic spirituality such as the Internet, social justice, the role of women, ethics, and religious fundamentalism.

Offering readers a thought-provoking way to engage with the topic, this comprehensive work includes:

  • The spirituality of words and letters, including the Qur’an, prophetic traditions in Islam, and litanies, invocations, and devotional texts
  • Devotional practices in Islam, including the spirituality of prayer, ascetic spirituality, Qur’an recitation, and spirituality of the Sufi path
  • Spirituality in literature, including Arabic and Persian poetry, spirituality in the modern novel, and the art of translation
  • Spirituality in the arts, including the visual arts, music, song, and film
  • Islamic spirituality and post-modern practices, including the Internet, Islamic hip-hop, and Salafism

From the personal to the political, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality offers a fresh and revitalized view of all aspects of spirituality in Islam. It is a must-have scholarly resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, instructors and scholars studying Islam, spirituality, and Asian and Middle Eastern history as well as general readers with an interest in the subject.

Author Biography

Vincent J. Cornell is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University, and Editor of the Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies. His research interests cover the entire spectrum of Islamic thought from the doctrinal and social history of Sufism to theology and political philosophy.

Bruce B. Lawrence is Marcus Family Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion Emeritus at Duke University and Adjunct Professor of the Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul. His research focuses on contemporary Islam as religious ideology, south Asian Sufism, Islamic spirituality throughout Afro-Eurasia, and Islamicate cosmopolitanism. He recently published with Wiley Blackwell the manifesto Islamicate Cosmopolitan Spirit (2021).

Table of Contents


List of Contributors ix

General Introduction xi

Vincent J. Cornell and Bruce B. Lawrence

Part I Expressive Dimensions of Islamic Spirituality

Introduction to Part I

Vincent J. Cornell

IA The Spirituality of Words and Letters

1 The Spirituality of the Qurʾān 23

Bruce B. Lawrence

2 The Spirituality of Hadith 44

Abbas Barzegar

3 The Spirituality of Invocations and Litanies in Islam 61

Kenneth Lee Honerkamp

4 The Many Spirits of the Islamic Past 74

Shahzad Bashir

5 Translating Sainthood in Islamic Hagiography 91

Vincent J. Cornell

IB The Spirituality of Places and Spaces

6 The Spiritual Meaning of Mecca, the Ka‘ba, and the Ḥajj 113

Gordon D. Newby

7 The Spiritual Meaning of Medina 130

Daoud Stephen Casewit

8 Jerusalem in Islamic Spirituality 147

Brannon Wheeler

9 The Spirituality of the Sufi Shrine 165

Carl W. Ernst

IC The Spirituality of People and Human Relations

10 The Spiritual Meaning of Muḥammad and the Prophets of Islam 183

Ali A. Allawi

11 The Spiritual Meaning of Devotion to the Shī‘ī Imams 202

Abdulaziz Sachedina

12 Spirituality and Gender in Islam 217

Sa‘diyya Shaikh

13 Spirituality and Social Justice in Islam 234

Mustafa Gokhan Sahin

Part II Performative Dimensions of Islamic Spirituality

Introduction to Part II

Bruce B. Lawrence

IIA Devotional Practices in Islam

14 The Spirituality of Prayer in Islam 263

Hugh Talat Halman

15 The Spirituality of Qurʾān Recitation 277

Pieternella van Doorn-Harder

16 Ascetic Spirituality in Islam 297

Rkia Elaroui Cornell

17 The Spirituality of the Sufi Path 316

William C. Chittick

IIB Spirituality in Literature, Poetry, and the Visual Arts

18 Narrating Transcendence in the Modern Novel 333

miriam cooke

19 The Spirituality of Arab Islamic Poetry 352

Muhsin al-Musawi

20 The Spirituality of Persian Islamic Poetry 372

Franklin D. Lewis

21 Islamic Spirituality in English Translation 395

Michael Beard

22 Islamic Spirituality and the Visual Arts 412

Stefan Sperl

IIC Spirituality in Music, Song, and Cinema

23 Spirituality in Art Musics of the Islamic World 435

Ali Jihad Racy

24 The Spirituality of Qawwali: Lyrics and Ritual in the Sufi Music of South Asia 454

Scott Kugle

25 One Light: Cinema and Islamic Spirituality 476

Negar Mottahedeh

IID Islamic Spirituality in the Anthropocene Age

26 Islamic Spirituality and the Internet 497

Gary R. Bunt

27 The Islamic Spirituality of HipHop 515

Michael Muhammad Knight

28 Ibn Taymiyya and the Case for a Salafism of Mercy 531

Yahya M. Michot

Index 545

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