The Heritage of Sufism

Pages: 580
Subject: Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

The Heritage of Sufism

Late Classical Persianate Sufism (1501-1750) v. 3

This last volume of three is devoted to the examination and celebration of the artistic, literary and mystical culture and the intellectual life of 16th, 17th and the first half of 18th century Safavid Iran and Mughal India. The early part of this period marked the peak of Muslim political power.
9781851681938 (1 Dec 1999)
RRP £44.00 / US$65.00

The Book

This comprehensive study is unique in its chronological breadth, intellectual diversity and historical scope and which demonstrates the central role played by Sufism in Persianate culture in Iran, Central Asia and India

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Pages 580
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Leonard Lewisohn was a highly regarded scholar of Persian and Sufi literature. He taught at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter; the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, University of London; and was a Research Associate and Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Academic Research at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he also taught Persian. Among many others works, he authored Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari and edited the three volumes on The Heritage of Sufism published by Oneworld. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 3

II. Persianate Sufism in Historical Perspective 19

III. Sufism and Society in Safavid Persia 63

IV. Sufism and Ishraqi and Aknarian philosophy 225

V. Esoteric Movements and Contemplative Disciplines 275

VI. Persianate Sufism in India, Central Asia and China 361

VII. Persianate Sufi Poetry in Iran and India 417