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Over the course of the 6th/12th and early-7th/13th centuries, a group of charismatic Sufi masters began to emerge across the Abode of Islam. Through the systematic production of detailed, contextualized historical studies of the main actors who participated in the rise of institutionalized ṭarīqa-based Sufism, and then their comparison as case studies, this book Sufism in an Age of Transition: 'Umar al-Suhrawardī and the Rise of the Islamic Mystical Brotherhoods allows one to advance broader synthetic conclusions on the nature and scope of the topic. Over the course of the book it shows that in the case of the moment which gave birth to the project of Suhrawardī and his disciples, there were certain forces at play which both Trimingham and Hodgson ultimately overlooked. The book is guided by a carefully structured narrative of Suhrawardī’s career alongside a close reading of his textual legacy.

Keywords: ṭarīqa; Islam; Marshall G.S. Hodgson; mystical brotherhood; Spencer Trimingham; Sufism; Suhrawardī



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