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Classical Sufi Approaches to Scripture

Peter Awn

in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195097030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848805 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097030.003.0007
Classical Sufi Approaches to Scripture

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Historians of religion often equate scripture in Islam solely with the Qurʾān. But if scripture is understood to include those texts for which a claim of divine inspiration is made by the Muslim community, other bodies of Islamic religious literature must be included. Scripture in Islam encompasses the Qurʾān, which is understood by Muslims to be God's actual word transmitted though Muhammad; the divinely inspired Hadīth (tradition literature); and, arguably, the Shariah (divinely revealed religious law) which is derived primarily from the Qurʾān and the Hadīth. This chapter explores key strategies employed by Islamic mystics from the 8th through the 14th centuries to interpret these various genres of Muslim scripture.

Keywords: Islam; Muslim scripture; Qurʾān; Islamic mystics

Chapter.  8066 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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