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Introduction

Sherman A. Jackson

in Sufism for Non-Sufis?

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873678
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873678.003.0000
Introduction

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Tāj al-'Arūs al-Ḥāwī li Tahdhīb al-Nufūs, a full translation of which is presented in this book under the title, The Bride-Groom's Crown Containing Instructions on Refining the Self, is a work on spiritual education. The Bride-Groom's Crown represents a minimalist approach to Sufism, its minimalism functioning not as an ideal but as a means of reaching and inspiring everyday believers and elevating their moral, spiritual, and devotional confidence and resolve. Like all great works, The Bride-Groom's Crown includes a transcendent element capable of standing on its own and speaking to us all as simply humans. But to speak to modern Muslims in the very specific and concrete context of the events, contests, and adjustments that have come to define their lives requires an act of “translation,” which is the aim of this introductory chapter.

Keywords: Tāj al-'Arūs al-Ḥāwī li Tahdhīb al-Nufūs; The Bride-Groom's Crown; spiritual education; Sufism; Muslims

Chapter.  14504 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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