The bulk of the Rabi'a material as we know it comes from stories of her interactions with those who came to challenge or learn from her. Uncompromising and singleminded in her devotion to the highest spritual realization, she belittled miracles that apparently happened around her, the fear of hell, and the desire for paradise. Sometimes even well-known spiritual figures, like Hasan of Basra, could be the butt of her sharper wit, deeper wisdom, and greater spiritual power. To place Rabi'a in perspective we might compare her to another great Sufi figure and one of the greatest spiritual writers of all time - Rumi.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Charles Upton. Rabia al-Adawiyya was an unconventional Muslim woman from Basra known as "the First of Sufis", the original Sufi poet-saint, a predecessor to Rumi and Hafiz.
Rabia's passionate verses and witty teaching stories are designed to incite us to illumination. Thanks to the interpretations of Charles Upton, this may be the world's most accessible and meditative book on Rabia. Get A Copy. Paperback , 96 pages. Published January 30th by Pir Press first published More Details Original Title.
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Sort order. Start your review of Doorkeeper of the Heart: Versions of Rabi'a. Nov 04, isabelle rated it really liked it Shelves: school , classics. Jan 17, Emilie rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. And it is, of course, very meaningful too, and surprisingly relevant, too, considering it's about years old.
Sep 17, Patricia rated it really liked it. I have so many questions about Rabi'a's life and this was a great text to keep exploring them. Charles Upton's comparisons between Rumi and Rabi'a and Christianity and Islam felt out of place -- but the beauty in his "Biographical Legends" makes up for that!
Besides, the best part of the text were the actual poetry! May 10, Anisa rated it it was amazing. I love diving in and out of this beatiful book. Jun 08, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: history , poetry , religion. I asked my library to order this book and thankfully they did, though it took a couple months to find.
It is a very short introduction to a history of Rabi'a, a female Sufi mystic who lived years before the famous Sufi poet Rumi. The book gives an outline of her life, and a few legends about her, and compares her to some of the Christian mystics. The versions of Rabi'a are the poetry, miracle stories, and dream fables written either by her or her followers, especially Hasan of Basra. The end I asked my library to order this book and thankfully they did, though it took a couple months to find.
The end of the book also features three poems by Jennifer Doane, "in the Spirit of Rabi'a", as well as a Bibliography. If Rumi has sheer ecstatic energy and compacted multidimensional meanings, Rabi'a has virgin clarity and undistracted focus. Jun 06, Nezka rated it liked it Shelves: spirituality. Short biography of Rabi'a with several sayings and teachings ascribed to her. Really thought-provoking, and wish it was a longer book! Nov 29, Abidah rated it really liked it. Skip the introduction and read the rest!
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