Knowledge before action : Islamic learning and Sufi practice in the life of Sayyid Jalāl al-Dīn Bukhārī Makhdūm-i Jahāniyān /
Amina M. Steinfels.
Columbia [S.C.] : University of South Carolina Press, c2012.
xiii, 248 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1611170737 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781611170733 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia [S.C.] : University of South Carolina Press, c2012.
1611170737 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781611170733 (cloth : alk. paper)
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The education of a Sufi shaykh. Initiation into the Sufi path -- Pilgrimage and travel -- Teaching and practice. Book-learning and Islamic law -- Ritual and practice -- Money, non-Muslims, women, and saints -- Served by the inhabitants of the world. A public figure -- Legacy.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-237) and index.
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A study of a revered figure's teachings to better understand Islam and Sufism
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-01-01:
Steinfels (Mount Holyoke College) relates the life of Sayyid Jal~l al-dn Bukh~r Makhdm-i Jah~niy~n (1308-84) as a means of retelling the formative period of Sufism. His importance is evident when one notes that his biography spread far and wide through his disciples and has become part of later hagiographic works. Using a wide range of sources to weave together the many later strands as a way to collect Bukh~ri's story, Steinfels seeks to fill a gap in academic research on Islam in South Asia during the period after the Abbasid caliphate in the 13th century and the 16th century. She argues that "Muslim" India has been overlooked in favor of "Hindu" India, and that a careful look at Sufism's early period is crucial for understanding the way it has both influenced and been influenced by its cultural and religious contexts. In this well-written, three-part work, Steinfels paints a picture of a man whose biography demonstrates his high status and how he was thus perceived by his peers and others. While Bukh~ri is largely known due to posthumous legends, Steinfels demonstrates that he was well known among his contemporaries as well. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates. C. A. Barnsley Transylvania University
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This work examines medieval Sufism and its place in Islamic society by telling the story of the life and career of Sayyid Jalal al-din Bukhari, a revered figure in Pakistan.
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In Knowledge before Action, Amina M. Steinfels examines medieval Sufism and its place in Islamic society by telling the story of the life and career of Sayyid Jal'l al-d'n Bukh'r?, a revered figure in Pakistan. Considered one of the most important Sufi masters of South Asia, Sayyid Jal'l al-d'n Bukh'r?, more popularly referred to as Makhd'm-i Jah'niy'n, is known for combining spirituality and scholarship in a formative period for Sufism. Steinfels assembles the details of Bukh'r?'s life from records of his teachings, dynastic chronicles, and correspondence to discover how he achieved his status and laid the groundwork for a devotional cult that has lasted seven centuries. Steinfels also examines Bukh'r?'s theories of the relationship between scholar and mystic. Bukh'r?'s teachings provide windows into the underlying concerns and themes of medieval Sufism. Knowledge before Action describes Bukh'r?'s training as a scholar and a Sufi, his exercise of religious authority over his disciples, and his theories of the relationships between saint and shaykh. Knowledge before Action discusses ritual and contemplative practices, the economic bases of Sufi institutions, and the interconnectedness between Sufi masters, the 'ulama, and the political authorities by telling the story of Bukh'r'.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note on Transliterationp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Education of a Sufi Shaykh
Initiation into the Sufi Pathp. 15
Pilgrimage and Travelp. 37
Teaching and Practice
Book-Learning and Islamic Lawp. 63
Ritual and Practicep. 81
Money, Non-Muslims, Women, and Saintsp. 103
Served by the Inhabitants of the World
A Public Figurep. 125
Legacyp. 144
Conclusionp. 154
Jalal al-din Bukhari's Khirqasp. 157
The Malfuzat of Jalal al-din Bukharip. 165
Works Attributed to Jalal al-din Bukharip. 169
Tazkira Entries on Jalal al-din Bukharip. 173
Jalal al-din Bukhari's Bibliographyp. 181
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 223
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