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The Whirling Dervishes
The Whirling Dervishes (January 1992)
Being an Account of the Sufi Order known as the Mevlevis and its founder the poet and mystic Mevlana Jalalu'ddin Rumi
Shems Friedlander - Author

Sufism is the esoteric aspect of Islam. Its purpose is to convey direct knowledge of the eternal. The Sufis impart knowledge through lineages that go back to the Prophet Muhammud. In these various Sufi orders, the zikr, the repetition of "la illaha illa'llah" (There is no God but God), is part of initiation ceremonies. In fact, the method of the Sufis is zikr, and the manner in which zikr is performed is the essential difference among the various or...(Read More)
 
 
Sufi Essays
Sufi Essays (November 1991)
Second Edition
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

In this compact volume, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the renowned Islamic scholar, combines his research into Sufi doctrine and history with a rich account of the spiritual and metaphysical significance of Sufism as a living tradition. In an original discussion, unlike anything that has appeared before in studies of Sufism, the author places special accent on the pertinence of Sufi teachings to the most acute contemporary problems. Thus, this book answers...(Read More)
 
 
The Sufi Path of Knowledge
The Sufi Path of Knowledge (June 1989)
Ibn al-Arabi's Metaphysics of Imagination
William C. Chittick - Author

"For the first time in the history of Orientalism, a thorough study of Ibn al-'Arabi's thought is now available. William Chittick has given us a translation of numerous passages from the work of the Magister Magnus and placed them in their theological context, thus removing many misunderstandings that have prevailed both among Muslims and in the West when interpreting Ibn al-'Arabi's mystical worldview. Chittick has done this with admirable clarit...(Read More)
 
 
In the Garden of Myrtles
In the Garden of Myrtles (August 1987)
Studies in Early Islamic Mysticism
Staffan Andrae - Author
Birgitta Sharpe - Translator
Eric Sharpe - Biographical introduction

Here are the early Sufis themselves. Here are their ascetic practices; their attitudes toward women and marriage, toward food and drink, and toward music and poetry; and here is their ecstatic experience. This is a study in holiness and the love of God, but it is even more a study of men and women overcome by that holiness and love, and locked in the paradox of loving a God who makes vast demands on them. The early Sufis were not seeking consolation...(Read More)
 
 
Words of Ecstasy in Sufism
Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (June 1985)
Carl W. Ernst - Author

This is the first in-depth study in English of the import and impact of ecstatic utterances (shathiyat) in classical Islamic mysticism. It makes available an important body of mystical aphorisms and reveals not only the significance of these sayings in the Sufi tradition, but also explains their controversial impact on Islamic law and society.

This study descrives the development and interpretation of shathiyat in classical Sufi...(Read More)
 
 
Sufi Essays
Sufi Essays (June 1973)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

This book combines scholarly research into certain aspect of Sufi doctrines and history with a penetrating account of the spiritual and metaphysical message and significance of Sufism as a living spiritual tradition. In an original discussion, unlike anything that has appeared before in studies of Sufism, the author places special accent on the pertinence of Sufi teachings to the most acute contemporary problems. The book addresses itself to...(Read More)
 
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