Early Sufi Women

Early Sufi Women

A bilingual critical edition of as-Sulami’s Dhikr an-Niswa al-Muta ‘abbidat as-Sufiyyat

Early Sufi Women is the earliest known work in Islam devoted entirely to women’s spirituality. Written by the Persian Sufi Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahman as-Sulami (d. 1021), this long-lost work provides portraits of eighty Sufi women who lived in the central Islamic lands between the eighth and eleventh centuries C. E.