Jawid Mojaddedi

in Beyond Dogma

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369236
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933471 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces the issues that the book aims to explore. In both academic and popular writings there has been much debate about Rumi’s relationship to juridico-theological Islam after he started writing mystical poetry. It is pointed out here that this is largely because the most distinctive message in his writings is proximity to God through His Friendship (walāya), which inherently challenges reliance on dogma. For this purpose, Rumi’s didactic writings, which represent his practical instruction to Sufi aspirants, can be fruitfully compared with the Sufi manuals of the tenth and eleventh century ce, which in addition engage with the relationship between mysticism and juridico-theological Islam during a period of critical importance. This comparison at the same time highlights Rumi’s distinctiveness as well as providing insight into the wider Islamic context through dynamic debates and revisions of mystical theory as juridico-theological Islam became the dominant approach for Muslim communities.

Keywords: Friendship with God; walāya; Rumi; Sufi manuals; juridico-theological Islam

Chapter.  2597 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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