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Mysticism and Sacred Scripture$
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Steven T. Katz

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195097030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097030.001.0001

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Classical Sufi Approaches to Scripture

Classical Sufi Approaches to Scripture

(p.138) 6 Classical Sufi Approaches to Scripture
Mysticism and Sacred Scripture

Peter Awn

Oxford University Press

Historians of religion often equate scripture in Islam solely with the Qurʾān. But if scripture is understood to include those texts for which a claim of divine inspiration is made by the Muslim community, other bodies of Islamic religious literature must be included. Scripture in Islam encompasses the Qurʾān, which is understood by Muslims to be God's actual word transmitted though Muhammad; the divinely inspired Hadīth (tradition literature); and, arguably, the Shariah (divinely revealed religious law) which is derived primarily from the Qurʾān and the Hadīth. This chapter explores key strategies employed by Islamic mystics from the 8th through the 14th centuries to interpret these various genres of Muslim scripture.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslim scripture, Qurʾān, Islamic mystics

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