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Beyond Dogma: Rumi's Teachings on Friendship with God and Early Sufi Theories

Jawid Mojaddedi


Despite Rumi’s (d. 1273) recent emergence as a best-selling poet in the English-speaking world, fundamental questions about his teachings, such as the relationship of his Sufi mysticism to the wider Islamic religion, remain contested. This book reaches to the heart of the matter by examining Rumi’s teachings on walāya (Friendship with God) in light of earlier discourse in the wider Sufi tradition and juridico-theological Islam. Walāya is not only central to Rumi’s teachings, but also forms the basis for the celebration of intimacy, communication with the Divine, and transcendence of convention ... More

Keywords: Friendship with God, walāya, Rumi, Sufi manuals, juridico-theological Islam, Prophethood, nubuwwa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369236
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jawid Mojaddedi, author
Rutgers University