Rkia Elaroui Cornell-Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint

Rkia Elaroui Cornell

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Rkia Elaroui Cornell is Professor of Pedagogy and Coordinator of the Arabic program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has given numerous lectures and conference presentations on the subjects of Qur’anic exegesis, women in Islam, and language pedagogy.


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Rabi'a from Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman, Rabi'a al-Adayiyya

Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyya is a figure shrouded in myth. Certainly a woman by this name was born in Basra, Iraq, in the eighth century, but her life remains recorded only in legends, stories, poems and hagiographies. The various depictions of her – as a deeply spiritual ascetic, an existentialist rebel and a romantic lover – seem impossible to reconcile, and yet Rabi‘a has transcended these narratives to become a global symbol of both Sufi and modern secular culture. In this groundbreaking study, Rkia Elaroui Cornell traces the development of these diverse narratives and provides a history of the iconic Rabi‘a’s construction as a Sufi saint. Combining medieval and modern sources, including evidence never before examined, in novel ways, Rabi‘a From Narrative to Myth is the most significant work to emerge on this quintessential figure in Islam for more than seventy years.

Introducer: Paige Bowers

Paige Bowers is the author of The General’s Niece: The LIttle-Known de Gaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France. Her feature stories have appeared in TIME, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, People, Allure, Glamour, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta magazine, and Palm Beach Illustrated. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter and is currently at work on a biography of Raye J. Montague.

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Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi'a al-Adayiyya

Rkia Elaroui Cornell is Professor of Pedagogy and Coordinator of the Arabic program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has given numerous lectures and conference presentations on the subjects of Qur’anic exegesis, women in Islam, and language pedagogy. BUY THIS BOOK.


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