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Sanctity and Mysticism in Medieval Egypt
Sanctity and Mysticism in Medieval Egypt (February 2004)
The Wafa Sufi Order and the Legacy of Ibn 'Arabi
Richard J. A. McGregor - Author

Using the original, little-known writings of Sufis Muhammad and 'Ali Wafa', this book explores the development of the idea of Islamic sainthood in the post-Ibn 'Arabi period.

Using the original writings of two Egyptian Sufis, Muhammad Wafa' and his son 'Ali, this book shows how the Islamic idea of sainthood developed in the medieval period. Although without a church to canonize its "saints," the Islamic tradit...(Read More)
Kernel of the Kernel
Kernel of the Kernel (May 2003)
Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect (Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubab dar Sayr wa Suluk-i Ulu'l Albab) A Shi'i Approach to Sufism
Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i - Author
Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani - Compiled, edited, and expanded
Mohammad H. Faghfoory - Translator
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by

An English translation of a seminal book on Sufism from a Shi'i perspective by an eminent Muslim thinker.

Kernel of the Kernel
is an authoritative work on Sufism from a Shi'i perspective that is not only fascinating, but also contains much practical advice. In addition to providing a theoretical discussion of spiritual wayfaring, it is also the account of a personal fifty-year spiritual journey by Sayyid Muhammad Hus...(Read More)
The Self-Disclosure of God
The Self-Disclosure of God (January 1998)
Principles of Ibn al-'Arabi's Cosmology
William C. Chittick - Author

Explicates the cosmology of Ibn al-Arabi, the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization.

The Self-Disclosure of God offers the most detailed presentation to date in any Western language of the basic teachings of Islam’s greatest mystical philosopher and theologian. It represents a major step forward in making available to the Western reading public the enormous riches of Islamic teachings i...(Read More)
The Throne Carrier of God
The Throne Carrier of God (August 1995)
The Life and Thought of 'Ala' ad-dawla as-Simnani
Jamal J. Elias - Author

This book constitutes a comprehensive investigation of the life and teachings of one of the most famous Sufis of the Iranian world. Simnani spent his early life as a courtier at the Ilkhanid Mongol court and was a cherished companion of the emperor Arghun. After a mystical experience on the battlefield, he turned his back on a life of luxury and became a Sufi. He advanced rapidly in his spiritual quest and soon became one of the most influential Suf...(Read More)
Imaginal Worlds
Imaginal Worlds (October 1994)
Ibn al-'Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity
William C. Chittick - Author

In this book Chittick explains Ibn al-Arabi's concept of human perfection, his World of Imagination, and his teachings on why God's wisdom demands diversity of religious expression. He then suggests how these teachings can be employed to conceptualize the study of world religions in a contemporary context.

"Imaginal Worlds is an excellent summary and a solid interpretation of Ibn al-Arabi's teachings." -- Gerhard Bowerin...(Read More)
All the King's Falcons
All the King's Falcons (October 1994)
Rumi on Prophets and Revelation
John Renard - Author

This book looks at Rumi's insights into the meaning of the second half of the basic Muslim creed, namely, the nature and function of revelation through prophets.
All the King's Falcons draws out Rumi's distinctive and creative insights into Islamic religious culture by focusing on his treatment of prophets as instruments in God's communication with humankind. But there is more to Rumi's views of revelation than meets the eye, for he does...(Read More)
The Divine Guide in Early Shi'ism
The Divine Guide in Early Shi'ism (October 1994)
The Sources of Esotericism in Islam
Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi - Author
David Streight - Translator

The Imam, the Divine Guide, is the central point around which the Shi'ite religion turns. The power of Shi'ism comes from the actions of the Imam. This title is reserved exclusively for the sucessors of the prophets in their mission. The author shows that from the beginning of Shi'ite Islam until the tenth century, the Imam was primarily a master of knowledge with supernatural powers, not a jurist theologian. The Imam is the threshold through wh...(Read More)
Sufi Wisdom
Sufi Wisdom (July 1994)
Marietta T. Stepaniants - Author

"It is delightful to see scholarship on Islam re-emerging in Russia in the aftermath of the Soviet period. Here we see what may be a distinctly Russian approach to intellectual history, with a systematic and comparative approach of a remarkably wide extent. A profound sympathy for the sources, which are presented in luxurious profusion, is tempered by a shrewd and realistic appreciation of political realities."--Carl. W. Ernst, University of North C...(Read More)
The Mystical Teachings of al-Shadhili
The Mystical Teachings of al-Shadhili (October 1993)
Including His Life, Prayers, Letters, and Followers. A Translation from the Arabic of Ibn al-Sabbagh's Durrat al-Asrar wa Tuhfat al-Abrar
Elmer H. Douglas - Author
Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' - Edited, introduction, and notes

"This work is excellent. It provides a thoroughly annotated and sound translation of one of the oldest biographies of the well-known thirteenth-century Sufi master Abu'l-Hasan al-Shadhili. The annotation is exhaustive and extremely useful. In general the genre has not received much attention and it is good to see a major work to which one can refer as an example. It will be welcomed by everyone interested in the history and teachings of Sufism. ...(Read More)
An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines
An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines (July 1993)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

This is the only book to deal with classical Islamic cosmology as it was formulated by the Ikhwan al-S'afa al Biruni and Ibn Sina during the tenth and eleventh centuries. These figures influenced all the later centuries of Islamic history and in fact created the cosmological framework within which all later scientific activity in the Islamic world was carried out--the enduring image of the cosmos within which Muslims have lived during the past mille...(Read More)
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