Alexander Knysh is professor of Islamic studies at the University of Michigan. His many books include Islamic Mysticism: A Short History and Islam in Historical Perspective.
"Anyone looking for an introduction to the complexities of Sufism
should turn to this book by Alexander Knys." * History Today *
"Winner of the 2019 I.R. Iran World Award for Book of the Year, Islamic Republic of Iran"
"By challenging existing theoretical constructs, the author allows one to rethink metadiscourses on Sufism."---Ayesha Khan, Muslim World Book Review
"This groundbreaking monograph is critical not only for understanding the complex phenomenon that is Sufism, but also for gaining insight into the significant methodological issues of modern historiography."---Kamal Gasimov, Voices on Central Asia