Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya - Oneworld Academic (Hardback)Rkia Elaroui Cornell (author)
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Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya is a figure shrouded in myth. Certainly a woman by this name was born in Basra, Iraq, in the eighth century, but her life remains recorded only in legends, stories, poems and hagiographies. The various depictions of her - as a deeply spiritual ascetic, an existentialist rebel and a romantic lover - seem impossible to reconcile, and yet Rabi`a has transcended these narratives to become a global symbol of both Sufi and modern secular culture.
In this groundbreaking study, Rkia Elaroui Cornell traces the development of these diverse narratives and provides a history of the iconic Rabi`a's construction as a Sufi saint. Combining medieval and modern sources, including evidence never before examined, in novel ways, Rabi`a From Narrative to Myth is the most significant work to emerge on this quintessential figure in Islam for more than seventy years.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm
`A dazzling romp through the process of myth-making, sanctity, and popular culture enacted across the world stage for more than a millennium.' -- Lynda Coon, Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College, University of Arkansas
`Goes far beyond prior attempts to examine what we know about Rabi`a and her significance to the Islamic tradition and beyond. Engaging questions relating to historiography, narratology, and myth, this work carefully pieces together the historical Rabi`a while placing stories and aphorisms attributed to Rabi`a in their discursive, cultural, and ritual context. The result is a magisterial study that will be foundational for decades for the study of Sufism and Islam.' -- Zayn Kassam, John Knox McLean Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College