Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Aziz Nasafi

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Aziz Nasafi

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Lloyd V. J. Ridgeon, A,@EZ Nasafi, Curzon Sufi Series (Richmond: Curzon, 199 8). xiv + 234 PP. ISBN 0-7007-1013-0, (35.00 (hard covers); ISBN 0-7007-1014-0, 14-99 (p/b). 'S-fism' is an umbrella term denoting a wide variety of ascetic and mystical practices in Islam, usually involving finding God in devout practice and religious service, and representing a kind of spirituality which can issue in a felt relationship, often founded on love. The connections between Sufism and Western spirituality have not often been explored, however, either because of the occultist connotations which the word acquired in the West, or because of evident Western distance from some Sufi beliefs (such as the Sufi tradition of regarding everything other than God as imagination), or because of the way devout Sufi practice issued in mystical awareness with a regularity uncommon in the West. Lloyd Ridgeon here focuses in philosophical detail on the work of 'Azlz NasaA, a thirteenthcentury Sufi master of whom little is known, but whose works contain descriptions of the different Islamic schools, philosophies, and teachings present when he wrote. …

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