The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism

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Islamic philosophy and Sufism evolved as distinct yet interweaving strands of Islamic thought and practice. Despite differences, they have shared a concern with the perfection of the soul through the development of character. In The Polished Mirror, Cyrus Ali Zargar studies the ways in which, through teaching and storytelling, pre-modern Muslims lived, negotiated, and cultivated virtues. Examining the writings of philosophers, ascetics, poets, and saints, he locates virtue ethics within a dynamic moral tradition.

Innovative, engaging, and approachable, this work – the first in the English language to explore Islamic ethics in the fascinating context of narrative – will be a valuable resource for both students and scholars.


Author: Cyrus Ali Zargar
Publisher:‎ Oneworld Academic (December 12, 2017)
Language: ‎English
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1786072017
ISBN-13: 978-1786072016