Seven Doors to Islam (häftad)
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University of California Press
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Seven Doors to Islam (häftad)

Seven Doors to Islam

Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims

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Seven Doors to Islam reveals the religious worldview and spiritual tradition of the world's one billion Muslims. Spanning the breadth of Islamic civilization from Morocco to Indonesia, this book demonstrates how Muslims have used the literary and visual arts in all their richness and diversity to communicate religious values. Each of the seven chapters opens a "door" that leads progressively closer to the very heart of Islam, from the foundational revelation in the Qur'an to the transcendent experience of the Sufi mystics. However, unlike most studies of Islam, which see spirituality as the concern of a minority of mystical seekers, Seven Doors demonstrates its central role in every aspect of the Islamic tradition.
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John Renard is the author of In the Footsteps of Muhammed: Understanding Islamic Experience (1992), Islam and the Heroic Image: Themes in Literature and the Visual Arts (1993), and All the King's Falcons: Rumi on Prophets and Revelation (1994). He is Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University.


List of Illustrations Preface ONE FOUNDATIONS: PROPHETIC REVELATION Qur'an in Islamic Spirituality Sacred Scripture Interpreting Qur'an Scriptural Themes Hadith in Islamic Spirituality Sayings of the Prophet Sayings of the Imams Sacred Sayings Experiencing Qur'an and Hadith Sacred Literature Memory and Recitation Seeing the Word TWO DEVOTION: RITUAL AND PERSONAL PRAYER On the Liturgical Calendar About the Five Pillars From the Pulpit Art and Architecture Devotion beyond Duty Prayer Rites of Passage Sermons for Every Occasion Art and Architecture THREE INSPIRATION: EDIFICATION AND ETHICS Exemplary Models Prophets and Friends of God Individual Life Stories Collected Lives Wisdom Literature Pointers for the Powerful Morals for the Masses Encountering the Exemplars Storytelling as Entertainment Visual Arts as Education FOUR AESTHETICS: FROM ALLEGORY TO ARABESQUE Literature and Spirituality Religious Poetry Metaphor Allegory Principal Poetic Forms Didactic Poetry Lyric Poetry Arabesque and Aesthetics Visual Symbolism Architectural Symbolism Painting and the Decorative Arts FIVE COMMUNITY: SOCIETY, INSTITUTIONS, AND PATRONAGE Social and Historical Contexts Religion, Society, and Culture Money and Power Institutional Texts Public Support Private Discipline Patronage and the Arts Patronage Building Community Spirituality of Artist and Patron SIX PEDAGOGY: FANNING SPARK INTO FLAME Learning for Life Issues and Questions Sufism's Great Books From the Great Teachers Between Sermon and Seminar Borrowed Notes Keeping in Touch Required Reading for Mystics Advice for Inexperienced Travelers Mystical Geography Languages of the Spirit SEVEN EXPERIENCE: TESTIMONY, PARADIGM, AND CRITIQUE From Theory to Practice Religion and Experience Heart Speaks to Heart Soul on Pilgrimage Narrative and Imagination Muhammad as Mystical Model Beyond Storytelling Saying the Unsayable Explaining the Unexplainable Evaluating Experience The Science of Hearts Traveling Companions REPRISE: JOSEPH OF THE SEVEN DOORS Notes Select Glossary Index of Qur'anic Citations General Index