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Annemarie Schimmel

Annemarie Schimmel, who died in 2003 after an illustrious 60-year career, was one of the most influential and celebrated European scholars of Islam in modern times. The author of more than 50 books, some of her most important works included A Two-Colored Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry, Deciphering the Signs of God: A Phenomenological Approach to Islam (the 1991-92 Gifford Lectures), Mystical Dimensions of Islam and Rumi's World: The Life and Works of the Greatest Sufi Poet.