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Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya...
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Rkia Elaroui Cornell
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Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya

Rkia Elaroui Cornell


9781786075215

One World


Religion & beliefs;
History of religion;
Sufism & Islamic mysticism;
Islamic studies


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416 pages

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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.

By:   Rkia Elaroui Cornell
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 34mm
ISBN:   9781786075215
ISBN 10:   1786075210
Series:   Oneworld Academic
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rkia Elaroui Cornell is Professor of Pedagogy and Coordinator of the Arabic program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has given numerous lectures and conference presentations on the subjects of Qur'anic exegesis, women in Islam, and language pedagogy.


`Clearly a product of deep learning and a labour of love, this landmark work is an exceptional contribution to scholarship. Although ostensibly a study on Rabi`a, it sheds light on almost all of the major questions that modern scholars of early Sufism have been grappling with for over a century.' -- Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Professor of History, University of Maryland

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