Aisha al-Ba'uniyya

Pages: 176
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Aisha al-Ba'uniyya

A Life in Praise of Love

Th. Emil Homerin

This new entry in the highly regarded Makers of the Muslim World series introduces one of the greatest women mystics in Islamic history
Hardback
9781786076106 (4 Jul 2019)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Aisha al-Ba‘uniyya (c.1456-1517) was one of the greatest women mystics in Islamic history. A Sufi master and an Arab poet, her religious writings were extensive by any standard and extraordinary for her time. In medieval Islam a number of women were respected scholars and teachers, but they rarely composed works of their own. Aisha al-Ba‘uniyya, however, was prolific. She composed over twenty works, and likely wrote more Arabic prose and poetry than any other Muslim woman prior to the twentieth century.

The first full-scale biography of al-Ba‘uniyya in the English language, this volume provides a rare glimpse into the life and writings of a medieval Muslim woman in her own words. Homerin presents her work in the wider context of late-medieval Islamic spirituality, examining the influence of figures such as Ibn al-‘Arabi, al-Busiri and Ibn al-Farid, and emphasising the role of the person of the Prophet Muhammad in her spirituality. Aisha al-Ba‘uniyya is a fascinating introduction to a figure described by a sixteenth-century biographer as ‘one of the marvels of her age'.

 

CONTENTS


Maps

Preface

 

1 GOD'S BLESSINGS

Origins

Slave Soldiers

Mamluk Sultanate

Secretaries and Scholars  

Education

Damascus

Mosques and Libraries

Gabriel's Questions

Obedient Servant

Dress and Decorum

Saints and Shrines

Inner Sanctum

Intercession or Idolatry

Forgiveness and Favor

 

2 AISHA AL-BA‘UNIYYA AND THE BELOVED PROPHET

Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah

That Sacred Place

Syrian Caravan

Damascus to Medina

Medina to Mecca

Before the Black Stone

Hajj

Dreams

What is a Woman to Do?

Poems of Praise

Mantle Ode

Blessings

Holy Prophet

Most Wholesome Source

Virtuous Life

Return to Heaven

Precious Pearls

 

3 O MY LOVE AND HAPPINESS

Marriage and Family

Sufi Way

Venerable Masters

Recalling the Lord

Noble Invocations

Taste and See

Hymn/Him

Emanation of Grace

Poetry of Recollection

He's My Destiny

Old Loves for New

Ibn al-Farid

Odes in T

Covenant

Wine of Love

Moses of the Heart

Seat of Truth

 

4 TREE OF MYSTICAL LIFE

Principles of Sufism

Repentance

Sincerity

Recollection

Love

Amazing Stories

Wondrous Secret

Ocean Without a Shore

 

5 GATHERING UNION

New Challenges

To Egypt

Cairo

Victorious

Pomp and Princess

Among the Elite

Five-Fold Good Word

Clear Inspiration

Shadows of War

Time of Change

Legacy

 

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Th. Emil Homerin is Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature and mysticism. He is the author of six books on Islamic mysticism and Arabic poetry. He lives in Pekin, Illinois.

Reviews

‘In this highly readable book, Th. Emil Homerin skilfully weaves Aisha al-Ba‘uniyya's life, work, and her inner and external worlds together with insightful erudition.'

- Li Guo, Professor, Arabic Studies Program, University of Notre Dame

‘In this beautifully written study, Th. Emil Homerin situates Aisha's work in its literary and historical context… This book is an important contribution to the study of Muslim women's spirituality.'

- Adam Sabra, Professor of History and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies, University of California