bruce b. lawrence

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality

Co-edited with Vincent J. Cornell, my former Duke colleague and now chaired professor at Emory University, this reference work was published in February 2023.

Consisting of 25 chapters, WBCIS is divided into two parts, expressive and performative, with introductory prefaces to both parts, and the goal of making Islamic spirituality a vivid cornerstone of historical and contemporary engagement with the T-A-O of all existence: Allah.

Allah is the T-hing, the A-bsolute, the O-ne, for Muslims as for others who share the expanse of Islamicate culture, whether Jewish, Christian, Buddhist or Hindu.

Among those featured in this novel introduction to the world of the spirit as it pervades Islam is Ahmed Mustafa, famous for several pieces of Qur’anic art including:

the Ka’ba Cube (1987)

the Barzakh (2006)