285 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012
Also published in the USA.
Drawing especially on the works of Ibn al-'Arabi Sa'diyya Shaikh examines "ways in which Sufi metaphysics and theology might allow for fundamental shifts in Islamic gender ethics and legal formations" (from the back cover). She addresses questions around women's rights in marriage and divorce, the politics of veiling, and women's leadership of ritual prayer.
"A revolutionary work of scholarship. 'Sufi Narratives of Intimacy' should become the indispensable starting point for all theologically oriented studies of gender in Islam. This is a work that cannot be ignored - it should become a classic of Sufi studies." Vincent Cornell, Emory University
Sa'diyya Shaikh is senior lecturer in religious studies at the University of Cape Town.