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Islam, Christianity and the Mystic Journey: A Comparative Exploration

Ian Richard Netton


This comparison of Islamic and Christian mysticism focuses on the mystic journey in the two faith traditions — the journey that every believer must make and which leads to the Divine. The author clears away misconceptions and highlights similarities and differences in the thought and lives of six key mystics, three Islamic — Al-Kalabadhi, Al-Daylami, Al-Qushayri — and three Christian: Julian of Norwich, Thomas A. Kempis, and Teresa of Avila. He considers the ways of Perfection on the Mystic Path and asks in what ways these authors have embarked on the mystic journey. The author looks at the th ... More

Keywords: Islamic mysticism, Christian mysticism, Mystic Path, faith traditions, Divine, Perfection, journey, union, Deity, secular chivalry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640829
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Richard Netton, author