Rabi'a The Mystic and Her Fellow-Saints in Islam
Rabi'a, a female Sufi saint, was born in 717 CE and released from slavery to lead a life in pursuit of purity and perfect union with God. Her teachings and the numerous miracles attributed to her have made her an influential and revered figure in Sufi theology. This authoritative 1928 biography of the saint was written by Margaret Smith, who mastered numerous eastern languages, travelled extensively, and published a number of translations of important Arabic texts. Smith's linguistic skill and her immersion in the culture she studied has produced a book still considered an important account of Rabi'a's life. Smith also includes an incisive discussion of the role of women in early Islamic mysticism and an examination of Sufi doctrine, and examines the issues of celibacy and sainthood in Islam. A biography of one exceptional woman written by another.
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Asceticism of Rabia Fasting Dependence
Rabias declining years Her attitude
Love including satisfaction longing
The position of the woman saint
The Communion of Saints in Islam
The Dervish orders The Qadiriyya The Rifaiyya
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Abda Abu Nu'aym Abu Sa'Id Abu Talib Ahmad al-Din Al-Ghazali Al-Hujwiri Al-Jahiz al-Qulub Al-Qushayri Al-Sarraj Allah Arab ascetic asceticism asked Asrar al-Tawhid attained Attar Baghdad Basra Beauty Beloved bint biographers Cairo celibacy daughter death dervishes desire died in a.h. Dinar Divine Durayd faith Fatima favour fear fire friends gift give gnosis God's grace Hasan of Basra heart Hilya holy hope husband Ibn Battuta Ibn Khallikan Islam Kashf Kitab lived Lord lover Maqrizi marriage marry Mawlids Muhammad Munawl Muslim mystic night Paradise Persian pray prayer Prophet quotes Qur'an R. A. Nicholson Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya religion religious repentance replied says seek servant Shaykh shew shrine Sibt Ibn Sibt Ibn al-Jawzi soul speaks spiritual story Sufi Sufi doctrine Sufi writers Sufism Sufyan tawakkul teaching Thee things tomb union veil verses vision weeping wife woman women saints worship