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Title: The life and teachings of Rabia Al-Adawiyya Al-Qaysiyya of Basra, together with some account of the place of the women saints in Islam
Author: Smith, Margaret
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1928
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Part one contains the life of Rabia al- Adawiyyal with an account of her birth and early years, her youth spent in slavery, and her release, and consequent devotion to the ascetic life. It deals with the offers of marriage =ado to her and her choice of celibacy, and gives a brief account of her associates. Rabia's asceticism and her prayer-life are noted and some account given of her miracles. The last chapter of part one gives an account of her declining years and her death. Part two is concerned with Ribia's teaching and writings, A very brief outline of Sufi doctrines prefaces a more detailed account of the mystic Way and its stages and Rabia's teaching In connection with those stages. Repentance, patience, gratitude, hope, fear, poverty, renunciation, unification, trust, love, with all that it includes, leading up finally to gnosis, the Beatific Vision and union with the Divine are treated of and Rabia's teaching on these subjects is quoted Part three deals with the place of women saints in Islam. A brief survey is given of the position of woman in Muslim lands in pre-Islamic and early Islamic times and their consequent degradation. The position of the woman saint is touched, upon and an account given of a number of famous women, saints. There is a short chapter on celibacy and the monastic, life, especially an it affected women. The communion of saints in dealt with and an account given of the shrines of famous women saints. The final chapter deals with the cult of the saints, and especially of the woman saint in modern Islam.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: JISC Digital Islam
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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