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Jihad in Premodern Sufi Writings

Authors: Neale, Harry

  • Explores the complementary nature of jihad as both a spiritual and military endeavor in Sufi writings Analyzes Arabic and Persian Sufi writings from the eleventh through the seventeenth centuries Demonstrates that historically, Sufi writings never espoused a purely peaceful understanding of the doctrine of jihad

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This book is the only comprehensive study in a European language that analyzes how Sufi treatises, Qur’anic commentary, letters, hagiography, and poetry define and depict jihad. Harry S. Neale analyzes Sufi jihad discourse in Arabic and Persian texts composed between the eleventh and seventeenth centuries, providing access to many writings that have hitherto been unavailable in English. Despite the diversity of practice within Sufism that existed throughout the premodern period, Sufi writings consistently promulgated a complementary understanding of jihad as both a spiritual and military endeavor. Neale discusses the disparity between contemporary academic Sufi jihad discourse in European languages, which generally presents Sufis as peaceful mystics, and contemporary academic writing in Arabic that depicts Sufis as exemplary warriors who combine spiritual discipline with martial zeal. The book concludes that historically, Sufi writings never espoused a purely spiritual interpretation of the doctrine of jihad.


About the authors

Harry S. Neale holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona. He has taught courses on Islamic Humanities, Early Islamic History, Middle Eastern literature, Elementary and Intermediate Arabic, and Elementary Persian at UC Berkeley, Lehigh University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has published articles in the Journal of Arabic Literature, Journal of Indo-European Studies, and Middle Eastern Literatures.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Neale, Harry S.

    Pages 1-14

  • Overview of the History of Sufi Studies

    Neale, Harry S.

    Pages 15-34

  • Islamic Scripture and the Doctrine of Jihad

    Neale, Harry S.

    Pages 35-46

  • The Concept of Spiritual Jihad in Learned Sufi Texts

    Neale, Harry S.

    Pages 47-56

  • The Martial Jihad in Learned Sufi Texts

    Neale, Harry S.

    Pages 57-73

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56155-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56748-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jihad in Premodern Sufi Writings
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56155-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56155-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56748-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 168
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