The Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God

Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali,Ghazzālī

Publisher: Islamic Texts Society's Al-Gha


Category: Religion

Page: 205

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In this work, here presented in a complete English edition for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way. Taking up the Prophet's teaching that 'Ninety-nine Beautiful Names' are truly predicated of God, Ghazali explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept. Although some of the book is rigorously analytical, the author never fails to attract the reader with his profound mystical and ethical insights, which, conveyed in his sincere and straightforward idiom, have made of this book one of the perennial classics of Muslim thought, popular among Muslims to this day. This volume won a British Book Design and Production Award in 1993.

Sufi Ritual

The Parallel Universe

Author: Ian Richard Netton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136833978

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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This study reveals the world of Sufi ritual with particular reference to two major Sufi orders. It examines the ritual and practices of these orders and surveys their organisation and hierarchy, initiation ceremonies, and aspects of their liturgy such as dhikr (litany) and sama (mystical concert). Comparisons are made with the five pillars of Islam (arkan), and the Sufi rituals, together with the arkan, are examined from the perspective of theology, phenomenology, anthropology and semiotics. The work concludes with an examination of the Sufi in the context of alienation. This is a major work which highlights the importance of Sufi ritual and locates it within the broader domain of the Islamic world.

The Wisdom of the Mystic East

Suhrawardi and Platonic Orientalism

Author: John Walbridge

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791450529

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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An expert on the thought of medieval Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi argues that philosophers have romanticized this work as a revival of “oriental” wisdom.