In premodern Moroccan Sufism, sainthood involved not only a
closeness to the Divine presence (walaya) but also the exercise of
worldly authority (wilaya). The Moroccan Jazuliyya Sufi order used
the doctrine that the saint was a "substitute of the prophets" and
personification of a universal "Muhammadan Reality" to justify
nearly one hundred years of Sufi involvement in Moroccan political
life, which led to the creation of the sharifian state.This book
presents a systematic history of Moroccan Sufism through the
fifteenth and sixteenth centuries C.E. and a comprehensive study of
Moroccan Sufi doctrine, focusing on the concept of sainthood.
Vincent J. Cornell engages in a sociohistorical analysis of Sufi
institutions, a critical examination of hagiography as a source for
history, a study of the Sufi model of sainthood in relation to
social and political life, and a sociological analysis of more than
three hundred biographies of saints. He concludes by identifying
eight indigenous ideal types of saint that are linked to specific
forms of authority. Taken together, they define sainthood as a
socioreligious institution in Morocco.
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