Islam, Christianity and the Mystic Journey

A Comparative Exploration

Ian Richard Netton

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This distinctive comparison of Islamic and Christian mysticism focuses on the mystic journey in the two faith traditions - the journey which every believer must make and which leads to the Divine.

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2. Caves, Clouds and Mountains: The Apophatic Tradition
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This innovative book explores the ways of self-abandonment and union with the Divine. It compares the perceptions of renowned Christian and Muslim mystics, relating their self-abnegating insights through common motifs, and repeatedly returning to the mysterious Qur'anic figure of al-Khi?r and the colour green he embodies. It challenges the boundaries of single religious traditions, and with striking originality it discloses the quest for union with God as the basis and climax of the highest human endeavour.
Professor David Thomas, University of Birmingham
Ian Richard Netton is Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author or editor of 22 other books and is an internationally acclaimed authority in the field of Islamic Studies. His particular research interests include Islamic Philosophy and theology, Islamic anthropology, Sufism, and medieval Arab travellers.

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