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Sufi Narratives of IntimacyIbn 'Arab?, Gender, and Sexuality$
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Sa'diyya Shaikh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835333

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869864_shaikh

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Craving Completion: Sufism, Subjectivity, and Gender before Ibn Arabī

Craving Completion: Sufism, Subjectivity, and Gender before Ibn Arabī

(p.35) Chapter One Craving Completion: Sufism, Subjectivity, and Gender before Ibn Arabī
Sufi Narratives of Intimacy

Saʿdiyya Shaikh

University of North Carolina Press

Notions of the self, the spiritual path, and the nature of the God–human relationship are core concerns in Sufism. This chapter provides a historical and thematic map of Sufism as it relates to the interconnected mappings of self and of gender. It discusses how gendered language is used by Sufis to understand the different modes of spiritual engagement on the path. The chapter also analyzes how gender ideologies were imbued in the lives and relations between Sufi men and women as gleaned from biographical literature. In particular, it examines the complex ways in which Sufis address issues of ascetism, celibacy, sexuality, and marriage.

Keywords:   Sufism, spiritual path, self, gender, gendered language, Sufis, gender ideologies, ascetism, celibacy, sexuality

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