Sufi Spirituality in China: The Role of Liu Zhi – A Review

I recently reviewed David Lee’s, Contextualization of Sufi Spirituality in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century China: The Role of Liu Zhi (c.1662–c.1730) (Pickwick Publications, 2015) for Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations. Here is a sneak peak: Overall, Lee significantly contributes to the scholarship on Islam in China: first, by making valuable resources available in English and situating those Sino-Islamic texts within…

Marginalia Review of Books Forum on Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam?

Shahab Ahmed’s masterful work, What is Islam?: The Importance Of Being Islamic (Princeton University Press, 2016), is a dynamic and complex volume that asks key questions for the study of Islam. It has already won the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions award. I had the great pleasure to co-edit a forum on the…

Sufi Comics Rumi

Brothers Mohammed Ali Vakil and Mohammed Arif Vakil are the team behind the fabulous graphic novels, collectively known as Sufi Comics. They started off creating short single narrative comics, which they found to reflect the inner dimensions of Qur’anic teachings and the example of the Prophet Muhammad. These early works were eventually collected in 40 Sufi Comics (available…