Friends of God : Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood.

Prophets, saints, martyrs, sages, and seers--one of the richest repositories of lore about such exemplary religious figures belongs to the world's approximately 1.3 billion Muslims. Illuminating some of the most delightful tales in world religious literature, this engaging book is the first tru...

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Author / Creator: Renard, John.
Format: eBook Electronic
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008.
Local Note:Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2022. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Table of Contents:
  • Intro
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Introduction: An Overview of Islamic Hagiography
  • Hagiography in the Prophetic Age
  • Post-Prophetic Developments
  • Tales of the Prophets and the Hagiographical Anthology
  • Hagiography and Its Subjects
  • Part I. Stages in the Lives of God's Friends
  • 1. Beginnings Both Humble and Spectacular
  • Nativity Narratives
  • Infancy Narratives: Prodigies and Signs
  • Youthful Prophets and Friends
  • 2. Conversion and Asceticism on the Road to Sanctity
  • Conversion Stories
  • Conversion and the Greater Struggle
  • Asceticism in the Lives of Prophets and Friends
  • Epilogue: River of Gold
  • 3. Dreams and Visions, Visitors and Voices: God in Touch with His Friends
  • Friends of God, Heirs of the Prophets
  • A Little Birdie Told Me: Informants from Another Realm
  • 4. Miracles and Marvels: God Working through His Friends
  • Prophets and Saints, Power and Blessing
  • Marvels of Divine Power and Protection
  • Sustaining and Healing
  • Marvels of Power over Nature
  • Marvels of Knowledge
  • Epilogue: More Marvelous Than Thou
  • 5. Mere Mortals: Friends and the Human Condition
  • When God Chides Prophets and Friends
  • Holiness and Ordinariness
  • Beneath the Surface: Friends, Feelings, and Religious Experience
  • Confrontations with Illness and Death
  • Part II. Friends of God in Context
  • 6. Friends and Their People: Society and Service to Communities
  • Public Virtue, Moral Example, and Service to Others
  • Friends Engaged
  • Friends on the Fringes
  • 7. Founding Friends: Authority, Institutions, and the Economics of Intentional Community
  • Knowledge, Authority, and the Religious Establishment
  • Founding Intentional Communities of Seekers
  • Authority, Shrines, and the "Cult" of God's Friends
  • Cultic Centers and Hagiographical Sources.
  • 8. Where God's Friends Walked: Revered Sites and Ritual Settings
  • The Pivotal Holy Places
  • Beyond the Central Holy Places
  • Marking Sacred Times at the Sacred Places
  • 9. Friends in Our World
  • Popular Friends from Morocco to Malaysia
  • Contemporary Hagiographic Communication
  • Functions of Friends and Sainthood in Contemporary Muslim Societies
  • Creating New Friends
  • Epilogue: Literary Friends Today
  • Part III. Friends in Theory: Understanding the Stories
  • 10. Literary Dimensions: Genre, Function, and Hermeneutics
  • Storytelling in Islamicate Societies
  • Hagiography's Principal Literary Genres
  • Hermeneutical Issues: Levels of Interpretation
  • Discerning the Larger Functions of the Stories
  • Epilogue: Historicity, Imagination, and Humor
  • 11. Theological Dimensions: Hagiography, Faith, and Controversy
  • Theories of Sainthood
  • Friendship with God in the Sufi Manuals
  • Themes in Theory: Major Theological Issues
  • Notes
  • Index.