Zuhd
(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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