La Prière en Islam
Author: Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch
Publisher: Albin Michel
« Qu'est-ce que l'Islam ? On pourrait répondre d'un seul mot : la prière, à condition de l'entendre comme engagement de l'homme tout entier, au-delà des actes cultuels. Telle est bien la signification du terme islâm qui provient du verbe aslama : s'en remettre, s'abandonner à Dieu. » Ainsi s'exprimait Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch. Elle nous présente ici une synthèse aussi concise qu'érudite sur la prière musulmane. Ayant situé la prière parmi les cinq « piliers » de l'Islam, elle décrit les modalités de la prière rituelle et décrypte son symbolisme pour en dégager le sens théologique et mystique. Précédées d'une anthologie des circonstances qui peuvent amener le croyant à prier, les merveilleuses oraisons des mystiques soufis, et notamment du grand Djalâl-ud-Dîn Rûmî, viennent en point d'orgue à ce livre destiné aussi bien au lecteur intéressé par l'Islam qu'au chercheur de vérité en quête de textes de méditation.
L'ENSEIGNEMENT DE LA PRIERE
Author: MOHAMMED MAHMOUD ASSAWAF
Publisher: Dar Al Kotob Al Ilmiyah دار الكتب العلمية
Rûmî and Sufism
Author: Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch
Publisher: Post Apollo Press
Nonfiction. Rumi is one of the great mystics of Islam. He founded in the XIIIth century a brotherhood in the Turkish city of Konya, famous for the use of music in the context of spiritual experience. To understand Rumi is to enter the world of Islam in its true sense: known as a "Sufi," Rumi is on par with the spiritual Masters of all great religious traditions. Written by Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch, a French scholar who became a believer in Islam through her works on Sufism, this book is the best initiation not only to Rumi, but to Islamic thought: it is clear, elegant, scholarly, beautiful. It is an excellent tool for serious students of Islam as well as for the general public who wants to approach Islamic civilization with the respect and competence it requires. It should be on the program of any studies dealing with Islam, comparative studies of religions, the values and politics of the Islamic world. It is a key to the underlying world-view which it is impossible to understand without comprehending its spiritual roots. But this book is also about the life and writings of one of the great poets of the world.
In its attempt to squash the influence of animism and pantheism or polytheism and to promote the idea of the One and Only Absolute God, Islam has come up against a tendency within itself to incorporate certain local religious traditions and practices. This book shares that combination of universality and local particularity, exploring this paradox and the contradictory tendencies contained in it.
Age of Faith
Author: Anne Fremantle
Consider these facts. In Italy the right to worship, without discrimination, is enshrined within the constitution. There are 1.35 million Muslims in Italy and yet, officially, only eight mosques in the whole country. One consequence is that the Muslim population have accumulated a huge number of makeshift and temporary places of worship. These are housed in a variety of buildings including lock ups, garages, shops, warehouses and old factories. This shortage of places to worship is particularly acute in north east Italy - where the photographer Nicolò Degiorgis lives - home to many anti-Islamic campaigns headed by the right wing party Lega Nord. The dull images of the many and diverse buildings that house the makeshift mosques are printed on folded pages. You open up the gatefold to reveal the scenes inside the mosques, shot in full colour. The size of the gatherings varies, from large crowds who sometimes pray outside to a small room full to bursting, or to intimate groups of two or three Muslims. Degiorgis provides a fascinating glimpse of hidden world and leaves the conclusions about this project entirely in our own hands
Author: Dominique Sourdel
The Death of a Prophet
Author: Stephen J. Shoemaker
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
The oldest Islamic biography of Muhammad, written in the mid-eighth century, relates that the prophet died at Medina in 632, while earlier and more numerous Jewish, Christian, Samaritan, and even Islamic sources indicate that Muhammad survived to lead the conquest of Palestine, beginning in 634-35. Although this discrepancy has been known for several decades, Stephen J. Shoemaker here writes the first systematic study of the various traditions. Using methods and perspectives borrowed from biblical studies, Shoemaker concludes that these reports of Muhammad's leadership during the Palestinian invasion likely preserve an early Islamic tradition that was later revised to meet the needs of a changing Islamic self-identity. Muhammad and his followers appear to have expected the world to end in the immediate future, perhaps even in their own lifetimes, Shoemaker contends. When the eschatological Hour failed to arrive on schedule and continued to be deferred to an ever more distant point, the meaning of Muhammad's message and the faith that he established needed to be fundamentally rethought by his early followers. The larger purpose of The Death of a Prophet exceeds the mere possibility of adjusting the date of Muhammad's death by a few years; far more important to Shoemaker are questions about the manner in which Islamic origins should be studied. The difference in the early sources affords an important opening through which to explore the nature of primitive Islam more broadly. Arguing for greater methodological unity between the study of Christian and Islamic origins, Shoemaker emphasizes the potential value of non-Islamic sources for reconstructing the history of formative Islam.
The 37th chapter of the Revival of Religious Sciences, this treatise focuses on the subject of intention--which is of crucial importance in ethics--posing questions such as How can someone ignorant of the meaning of intention verify his own intention? How can someone ignorant of the meaning of sincerity verify his own sincerity? And how can someone sincerely claim truthfulness if he has not verified its meaning? Renowned theologian-mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) addresses these questions by expounding the reality and levels of intention, sincerity, and truthfulness and the acts which affirm or mar them. Each of al-Ghazali's responses is based on the Qur'an, the example of the Prophet, and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis. As relevant today as it was in the 11th century, this discourse will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethics and moral philosophy.
Distinction entre l'islam traditionnel et les diverses formes de fondamentalisme. Présentation de trois grands interprètes occidentaux de la pensée et de la civilisation islamiques : Louis Massignon, Henri Corbin et Titus Burckhardt. En troisième partie, les divers courants de pensée qui traversent actuellement le monde islamique.
Introduction to Sufism
Author: Eric Geoffroy, Roger Gaetani
Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc
From Rumi's whirling dervishes in Turkey over 700 years ago, to circles of silent mystics in the West today, this book reveals the history and practices of Sufism, the ancient but still active system of Islamic mysticism which has long been the spiritual current in Islam that counterbalances fundamentalism. Eric Geoffroy is an authority on Sufism, and he shows us this increasingly popular contemplative dimension of Islam, which is little understood in the West.
Dans ce livre écrit par Fahd Salem Bahammam, se trouve une explication imagée détaillant l’accomplissement des ablutions et de la prière avec un éclaircissement sur l’importance de la purification dans la vie du musulman. Dans ce livre, se trouve également un exposé des piliers et obligations de la prière avec en plus un développement de plusieurs autres sujets qui sont rattachés a ce rituel important.
In 2001, the European Consortium of Church and State Research focused its annual meeting on the highly topical issue of the legal position of Muslim communities in the European Union. The present book comprises updated analyses on Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom. The studies extend from general questions of legal status to specific issues such as building mosques or cemeteries, ritual slaughter, and from language rights to family issues and education, thus providing an in-depth view of the legal framework for a developing European Islam.