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Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam

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Welcome to the website of the ERC Advanced Project Beyond Sharia. This website is currently under construction as the project is in its starting phase. Please check back regularly for more information.

Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam examines the emergence, flourishing and lasting appeal of non-conformist movements in Islamic intellectual history from the tenth century to the present day, investigating how Islamic antinomian movements consolidated Islam in a vast region from the Balkans to Bengal, while offering methods of self-reflection that allowed for critical thinking within Islamic streams of thought. By examining how generations of Islamic mystics and intellectuals in the Persianate world challenged, redefined or rejected Islamic canonical law in their poetic, artistic, philosophical and political writings and teachings, this project generates significant new insights into transgression in Islam.

 

 

The images that make up the header of this website are sourced from the website of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. From left to right they are:

1 Painting attributed to Bihzad (Iranian, Herat ca. 1450–1535/36 Herat). “Dancing Dervishes”, Folio from a Divan of Hafiz. ca. 1480.  Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2 Sa’di. “Page of Calligraphy from an Anthology of Poetry by Sa`di and Hafiz” Late 15th century.  Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

3 “Youth and Dervish”. Second quarter 17th century. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper (tinted drawing). The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

4 Sa’di (Iranian, Shiraz ca. 1213–1291 Shiraz). “Dancing Dervishes”, Folio from a Gulistan of Sa’di. 17th century. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

5 Hafiz (Iranian, Shiraz ca. 1325–1390 Shiraz),  Luthfi (Iranian, 1367–1460s), Hilali (Iranian, Astarabad ca. 1470–1529/30 Herat), Mu’in (Iranian), Asir (Iranian, died probably 1639–40). “Anthology of Persian Poetry”  17th century.  Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Binding: opaque watercolor and gold on leather. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.