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Author: Alexander Knysh
The book provides a general survey of the history of Islamic mysticism (Sufism) since its inception up to the modern time. It combines chronological and personality-based approaches to the subject with a thematic discussion of principal Sufi notions and institutions. Sufism is examined from a variety of different perspectives: as a vibrant social institution, a specific form of artistic expression (mainly poetic), an ascetic and contemplative practice, and a distinctive intellectual tradition that derived its vitality from a dialogue with other strands of Islamic thought. The book emphasizes the wide variety of Sufism's interactions with the society and its institutions from an ascetic withdrawal from the world to an active involvement in its affairs by individual Sufi masters and organizations.

Islamic Mysticism by Knysh is a comprehensive survey of the interesting and fascinating world of Islamic Mysticism.
Al-Mu‘djam al-mufahras li-alfāẓ al- ḥadīth al-nabawī
Wensinck’s Condordance is an essential research tool for those who are interested in Islam’s Tradition ( ḥadīth) literature. This body of texts is a major source for Islamic theology and law and forms an important source for historians of early Islam. The Concordance offers an index of all words found in traditions included in the six canonical ḥadīth collections of Sunni Islam, complemented by Mālik ibn Anas’s Muwaṭṭaʾ and the Musnads of Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal and al-Dārimī.
The Concordance is the result of forty years of international scholarly collaboration. Under the guidance of Arent Jan Wensinck and his successors, many thousands of pages of sometimes poorly accessible works were indexed and an enormous amount of catchwords were recorded together with their context. The seventh and final volume of the Concordance appeared in 1969 (followed in 1988 by an eighth volume containing the Indices). Making accessible the most authoritative texts of Islam’s Tradition literature, the Concordance is the main key to this far from homogenous but highly important corpus of texts.
This work has proven to be extremely useful for all those who professionally or otherwise are interested in Islam’s Tradition literature. Even in light of the recent emergence of digital platforms that provide access to these texts, Wensinck’s Concordance remains an essential tool for ḥadīth studies and it will continue to do so for quite some time. Although more modest in size, this paperback edition offers a complete and unabridged reprint of the first edition.