Religion and Mysticism in Early Islam
Theology and Sufism in Yemen
By Muhammad Ali Aziz
Hardback 282 Pages
ISBN : 9781848854505
Publisher : I.B.Tauris
About The Book
Scholar, mystic and visionary, Ibn 'Alwan lived through the transition from Ayyubid to Rasulid rule in thirteenth-century Yemen.
He was well known in his time for his critique of the ruling elites and their governance, and left behind a substantial body of writings on Islamic mysticism, theology, law and exegesis of the Qur'an.
Here Muhammad Aziz presents a comprehensive portrait of Ibn 'Alwan, delineating the religious and political background in Yemen, the development of Sufi orders, the interplay between Sufi, Shi'i and Sunni traditions, and the impact of Ibn 'Alwan on the history of Sufism and Islam.
The first study of Ibn 'Alwan in English, "Religion and Mysticism in Early Islam" is essential reading for all those interested in mysticism, early Islam, Sufism, and religion and history more generally.
About The Author
Muhammad Ali Aziz received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at Princeton University and the University of Michigan.
He currently teaches at Yale University and is translating three medieval treatises by Ibn 'Alwan.
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