Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and by John Renard

By John Renard

Prophets, saints, martyrs, sages, and seers—one of the richest repositories of lore approximately such exemplary non secular figures belongs to the world's nearly 1.3 billion Muslims. Illuminating the most pleasant stories in international spiritual literature, this attractive ebook is the 1st actually worldwide review of Islamic hagiography. John Renard tells of the characters past the Qur'an and Hadith, whose tales of piety and repair to God and humanity have captured hearts and minds for almost fourteen hundred years. Renard's thematic method of the key characters, narratives, social and cultural contexts, and theoretical techniques of this striking treasury of stories, in response to fabric starting from the 8th to the 20 th centuries and from international locations starting from Morocco to Malaysia, offers perception into the ways that those tales have functioned within the lives of Muslims from different cultural, social, financial, and political backgrounds. The publication additionally serves as an invaluable and evocative instrument for imminent the huge geographical and chronological sweep of Islamic civilization.

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