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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. Stepanyants - 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)
An Ocean Without Shore
An Ocean Without Shore (July 1993)
Ibn Arabi, the Book, and the Law
Michel Chodkiewicz - Author

An Ocean Without Shore is a study of Ibn Arabi, known in Islam as al-Shaykh al-Akbar, the Greatest Spiritual Master. In the introduction, Chodkiewicz provides a good deal of documentation for the often heard claim that Ibn Arabi has been the most influential thinker in Islam over the past seven hundred years. He shows that this has been true, not only among the intellectual elite, but also among the common believers. He explains why a few ...(Read More)
The Need for a Sacred Science
The Need for a Sacred Science (July 1993)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

"This work is a brilliant blending of sound scholarship and spiritual vision." -- Jacob Needleman, San Francisco State University

This book deals with the meaning of a science rooted in the sacred, the metaphysical foundation of such science, its contrast to modern science and its pertinence to some of the major issues facing humanity today. In the first part, the author turns to the fundamental question of the multiplicity of sacred forms. ...(Read More)
Faith and Practice of Islam
Faith and Practice of Islam (November 1992)
Three Thirteenth-Century Sufi Texts
William C. Chittick - Author

"In this book, Chittick presents Islam from the inside--from the point of view of Muslims themselves. He first explains Islamic concepts to his readers and then uses these concepts, rather than Western concepts, to discuss Islam. I found the Introduction especially interesting because of the author's skill in presenting Islam to Western readers. I believe the introduction to this work could serve very well as a separate essay introducing Islam a...(Read More)
The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy
The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy (May 1992)
Knowledge by Presence
Mehdi Ha'iri Yazdi - Author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by

This book aims to present to western philosophers the most important theme in Islamic epistemology: knowledge by presence, the knowledge that results from immediate and intuitive awarenes, advocated by the author as a viable modern philosophical position. Treating the subject in a thoroughly philosophical manner that is comprehensible to contemporary analytical philosophers, he remains faithful to the Islamic tradition.

"Ha'iri does not fal...(Read More)
Eternal Garden
Eternal Garden (April 1992)
Mysticism, History, and Politics at a South Asian Sufi Center
Carl W. Ernst - Author

Reveals the mystical teachings and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the ecstatic Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d. 1337) and his disciples.

“This is an extraordinary piece of scholarship. I like the constant sense of discovery that Ernst brings to his work, not only with regard to the literary archival material, which he has arrayed in painstaking detail, but also his enthusias...(Read More)
The Tao of Islam
The Tao of Islam (March 1992)
A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought
Sachiko Murata - Author
Annemarie Schimmel - Foreword by

"This is a genuine foundational work in Islamic studies. It is an open door into the very heart of Islamic civilization, while at the same time it suggests the bases of important comparisons and insights for those interested in cognate areas in Western cultures.

"It is a fascinating, truly original work in both its guiding perspectives and its comprehensive, clearly presented account of a central dimension of Islam. There is nothing like it...(Read More)
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