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Muslim Women Mystics: The Life and Work of Rabi'a and Other Women Mystics in Islam

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Focusing on Rabi'a of Basra, a woman of unique personality and a true mystic, Margaret Smith's comprehensive book highlights women's contributions to the rich heritage of Islam. Surveying the female saints of the Muslim world, her authoritative work provides a unique insight into a lesser-known aspect of the development of Islamic mysticism.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 30th 2001 by Oneworld Publications (first published July 25th 2001)
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Theodora
Sep 22, 2007 Theodora rated it liked it
Shelves: books07, islam, eros, unveiling
Although very much a ISLAM SPRUNG FROM JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY message, it has good information in it. So although I great source for material, I think I'll just have to buck it up and learn that Arabic. ;)
Gwen
Apr 21, 2012 Gwen rated it really liked it
This is a great book for learning about Rabi'a Adwiyya. Margaret Smith takes her time really explaining how to look at the stories of Rabi'a's life, and she does a wonderful job of fleshing out what Rabi'a's culture and social circle might have been like. The writing is definitely academic, so if that is a turn off to you stay away from this. Also the section of the book devoted to other mystic women of Islam is a little sparse. It feels a bit tacked on. The main reason to get this book is to le ...more
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