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Title: Dreams, Sufism and Sainthood: The Visionary Career of Muhammad al-Zawawi
Author: Katz, Jonathan G
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1996
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004105997
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxii, 260
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Based on Muhammad al-Zaww's extraordinary diary of 109 dream conversations with the Prophet Muhammad, this study provides a rare, intimate view of 15th-century North African Muslim life.The study reconstructs Zaww's lifestory over a critical ten-year period and examines his career as a sufi in the historical context of North Africa and Mamluk Cairo. Psychological aspects of Zaww's religious experience are thoroughly explored.The concluding chapter provides an introduction to the role of dreams and visions in medieval Islam. Particular attention is paid to the way Zaww and his successors used their visions to legitimate claims to being awliya', or living saints.