(2,771 words)

(a.), the material and spiritual asceticism facilitating closer association with the divine.

Zuhd constitutes one of the “spiritual virtues” considered not only by the mystics, but also by a large number of believers, as essential to religious life in Islam. As such, it occupies a dominant place in the biographies of saints of the first centuries of the Hid̲j̲ra. The term embraces numerous nuances, divided between two principal meanings: on the one hand, “renunciation” in the sense of detachment, of indifference to things …

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Geneviève Gobillot, “Zuhd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 13 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8201>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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