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Deciphering the Signs of God: A Phenomenological Approach to Islam

Annemarie Schimmel

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ISBN 10: 0791419819 / ISBN 13: 9780791419816
Published by State University of New York Press, 1994
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Title: Deciphering the Signs of God: A ...

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Publication Date: 1994

Book Condition:Good

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The Qur'an constantly exhorts people to ‘look at the signs of god,’ signs that are hidden ‘in the horizons and in themselves.’ This book examines the mysteries of Islam using a phenomenological method to come closer to the true center of Muslim belief.

Schimmel takes as her starting point the simplest ‘signs of god’ ― natural phenomena like stones, plants and animals, and their use in religious and symbolic language. She then moves on to less obvious signs, such as sacred time and space, ritual actions, forms of worship, the sacred individual, and the order of the community. She concludes with an examination of the individual’s response to the mystery of the Divine. Based on both original classical sources and modern literature, as well as the author’s considerable personal experience, this is not only a fascinating survey of Islamic practices and beliefs, but also a broad and intregrated overview of the phenomenology of Islam.

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'This is one of Schimmel's most important books. It sums up a lifetime of scholarship on Islam and, more importantly, it puts her understanding of Islam into a phenomenological framework that will readily be appreciated by scholars and students of other religious traditions. It will be looked back upon as a landmark in bringing Islamic Studies into the mainstream of religious studies.' -William C. Chittick

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