How did medieval Sufis express their system of everyday morality? Sufism attracts much attention in the West, yet its ethical dimension is often overlooked. Jawanmardi - a key element of Persian Sufism - was the ethic that encouraged the Sufi to put others before himself and to overlook the sins committed by others, representing a humane and liberal understanding of Islam. Many writers in the Persian tradition wrote about jawanmardi and this book presents three of the key medieval texts in translation: Kitab al-futuwwa by Shihab al-Din Umar Suhrawardi, Futuwwat nama of Mirza 'Abd al-'Azim Khan Qarib, and Risala -yi Hatim al-Tayy by Husayn Wa'iz-i Kashifi. The texts are drawn from across the medieval period, reflecting different timeframes and audiences. This allows the reader to identify shifts in the ethic of jawanmardi and Sufism more generally. Key Features The first English translations of 3 major texts in Sufi ethics An introduction highlights the main contours and developments of jawanmardi Each text is prefaced by a contextualising introduction including information about the author and his times The texts reflect the political, social and gender issues of the time
Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology, University of Glasgow. Lloyd has published several books, including a translation from Persian of Persian Metaphysics and Mysticism (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).
Acknowledgements; Introduction: Medieval Sufi Futuwwat/Jawanmardi; Section One: Introduction to Suhrawardi's Kitab fi'l-futuwwat; Translation of Suhrawardi's Kitab fi'l-futuwwat; Section Two: Introduction to Futuwwat Nama of Mirza 'Abd al-'Azim Khan Qarib-i Garakani; Translation of Futuwwat Nama of Mirza 'Abd al-'Azim Khan Qarib-i Garakani; Section Three: Introduction to the Treatise of Hatim; Translation of the Treatise of Hatim.