Aisha al-Ba'uniyya: A Life in Praise of Love - Oneworld Academic (Hardback)Th. Emil Homerin (author)
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Aisha al-Ba`uniyya (c.1456-1517) was one of the greatest women mystics in Islamic history. A Sufi master and an Arab poet, her religious writings were extensive by any standard and extraordinary for her time. In medieval Islam a number of women were respected scholars and teachers, but they rarely composed works of their own. Aisha al-Ba`uniyya, however, was prolific. She composed over twenty works, and likely wrote more Arabic prose and poetry than any other Muslim woman prior to the twentieth century.
The first full-scale biography of al-Ba`uniyya in the English language, this volume provides a rare glimpse into the life and writings of a medieval Muslim woman in her own words. Homerin presents her work in the wider context of late-medieval Islamic spirituality, examining the influence of figures such as Ibn al-`Arabi, al-Busiri and Ibn al-Farid, and emphasising the role of the person of the Prophet Muhammad in her spirituality. Aisha al-Ba`uniyya is a fascinating introduction to a figure described by a sixteenth-century biographer as `one of the marvels of her age'.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 16 mm
`In this beautifully written study, Th. Emil Homerin situates Aisha's work in its literary and historical context... This book is an important contribution to the study of Muslim women's spirituality.' -- Adam Sabra, Professor of History and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies, University of California