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Essential Sufism
Robert Frager
006251475X
December 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Sufis are celebrated in the West for their joy, humor, and devoted worship. Two students of Sufism, James Fadiman and Robert Frager, have collected some of the jewels of Sufic literature, polished them up a bit, and organized them for ready contemplation. Rumi's poems, Attar's stories, Mohammed's terse sayings, and even some moving pieces from contemporary Western devotees make Essential Sufism a treasury of Sufic literature. The extensive introduction provides practical context, and preambles to each section set the tone for what's to come. If you haven't encountered the wisdom of Sufi mysticism, the material in this book is a good place to start; if you have, it's a comfortable place for return. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife : Book XL of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ghazali Series)
Abu Hamid Muhammad al- Ghazali, T. J. Winter (Translator)
0946621136
January 1989
Paperback
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H.T. Norris, BSOAS
'I warmly recommend Winter's translation to everyone interested in Islamic eschatology and Islamic thought.' (Annemarie Schimmel) 'This book is an excellent translation of a very important work...This translation and the series as a whole, are significant contributions to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought.' (Oliver Leaman BRISMES Bulletin) 'Winter's rendering combines exactness with fluency and dignity of style. The introduction, notes, appendix, bibliography, index - all make this an exemplary publication, produced to the highest standards.' (Christian Troll, CSIC) 'Of considerable value and solace to many who will buy it for reasons both religious and academic.'

Book Description
This is the first English translation of the last chapter...


The Gift: Poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master
Based On Work by Hafiz
0140195815
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Hafiz, a secret Sufi, came to prominence in his day as a writer of love poems. That love transformed into an all-consuming passion for union with the divine. In The Gift, Daniel Ladinsky bestows on us the impassioned yet whimsical strains of Hafiz's ecstasy. Never forced or awkward, Ladinsky's Hafiz whispers in your ear and pounds in your chest, naming God in a hundred metaphors. I once asked a bird,
"How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?"
She responded,
"Love lifts
Me." Like Fitzgerald's version of Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the language of The Gift strikes a contemporary chord, resonating in the reader's mind and then in the heart. Ladinsky's language is plain, fresh, playful--dancing with an expert cadence that invites and surprises. If it is true, as Hafiz says, that a poet...


The Sufi Book of Life
Neil Douglas-Klotz
0142196355
Mar 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Douglas-Klotz, scholar and Sufi leader, uses his considerable Semitic language skills to explore the 99 pathways to God, each representing a quality of the One. Douglas-Klotz uses the root and pattern system of Arabic vowels to liberally interpret these qualities as inseparable from many other traditions, notably the Aramaic tradition of Jesus. Additionally, his exegeses draw from the tradition of diversity, inclusion and heterodoxy that has anchored Sufism since the time of Rumi. Although Douglas-Klotz states that his exegeses are meant to be deliberately multivalent and somewhat enigmatic, they may prove opaque for many readers, especially those expecting an accessible how-to handbook for the "modern dervish." Despite Douglas-Klotz's early admonishment "Don't worry about getting the point," a high level of...


The Essential Rumi
Jalal al-Din Rumi
0062509594
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
No translator could do greater justice to the gorgeous simplicity of Rumi's poetry than Coleman Barks has done here. These exquisite renderings of the 13th-century Persian mystic's words into American free verse capture all the "inner searching, the delicacy, and simple groundedness" that characterize Rumi's poetry while remaining faithful to the images, tone, and spiritual message of the originals. Barks's introductions to each of the 27 sections (described as "playful palimpsests spread over Rumi's imagination," and "meant to confuse scholars who would divide Rumi's poetry into the accepted categories") are themselves wonderful achievements of a poetic imagination; searching explanations of unfamiliar concepts and funny stories provide colorful background and frame the selections as no dry...


Rumi and Islam
Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
1594730024
Feb 2004
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The Meccan Revelations, volume I
Ibn al'Arabi, et al
1879708167
October 1, 2002
Paperback
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Victor Danner, author of The Islamic Tradition
"...The ideas of great authorities like Ibn ‘Arabi seem always fresh and deep." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Perhaps no mystic in the history of the world has delved as deeply into the inner knowledge that informs our being as did Ibn 'Arabi. He was born into the cultural and religious crucible of Andalusian Spain in 1165, a place and time in which Muslim, Jewish and Christian scholars learned from each other and from the Greek classics that were then being translated and circulated. Drawing from the most advanced philosophical and metaphysical thinking of his time and from his extensive knowledge of the religion of Islam, Ibn 'Arabi created an extraordinary mystical theology that essentially...


The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

0060523166
January 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The Sufi mystic Rumi has sold more than half a million volumes of his poetry-no small feat, considering that he lived in the 13th century. In this collection, poet Coleman Barks offers a funny, iconoclastic preface in which he attempts to tease out the reasons for Rumi's contemporary renaissance. He also warns readers that what follows will not be a pretty, happy book of love poetry: "This is not Norman Vincent Peale urging cheerfulness, conventional morality, and soft-focus, white-light, feel-good...New Age tantric energy exchange. This is giving your life to the one within that you know as LORD, which is a totally private matter." Rumi, he writes, is not the stuff of greeting cards. The poetry, accessibly translated and arranged by Barks, is organized by loose themes such as love's discipline, the new life with...


The Illuminated Prayer : The Five-Times Prayer of the Sufis
Coleman Barks, Michael Green
0345435451
January 25, 2000
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
With only a few exceptions, the mystical tradition of Sufism has received little attention outside Muslim countries. Ernst's carefully constructed anthology and Barks and Green's entertaining volume are among the best recent examples of new interest in--and improved publications about--the subject. Ernst (religious studies, Univ. of North Carolina) uses translations from primary sources and his own fine connecting material to shed crucial light on topics such as ethics, music, the mystical understanding of the Qur'an, and saints. (He is especially good on the lives of Sufism's women saints.) This book, which does not dilute or Westernize the originals, should become an essential introduction. Barks and Green's work is more popular in approach and limited in scope, but it is a delightful, skillfully written, and...


The Soul of Rumi
Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
0060604522
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
When Rumi was born in Afghanistan in 1207, it was a time of tremendous political turmoil in the Near East. Paradoxically, it was also a time of "brilliant mystical awareness," writes translator Coleman Barks in The Soul of Rumi. This brilliance shines through in every passage, as Barks celebrates the ecstatic nature of Rumi's poetry. Barks (The Essential Rumi) has been given much credit for leading modern Westerners to this astounding poet. His sensitivity to the reader is evidenced in how he organizes the poetry according to themes. Since Rumi is often quoted at public gatherings, such as weddings and memorial services, this makes referencing especially easy. In the section entitled "When Friend Meets Friend," readers find the poem "The Soul's Friend": The most living moment comes when those who love each other...


Conference of Birds
Farid Ud-Din Attar
0140444343
July 1984
Paperback
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Book Review
Like Rumi and Hafiz, the name Attar conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century and his masterpiece is The Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God. When all the birds of the world convene and determine that they lack a king, one bird steps forward and offers to lead them to a great and mighty monarch. Initially excited, each bird falters in turn, whereupon the leader admonishes them with well-targeted parables. These pithy tales are the delight of this 4,500-line poem, translated deftly into rhymed couplets. What is your excuse for not seeking God? Your life is fine already? You prefer material pleasure? You are holy enough? You have pride, lack courage, or are burdened with responsibility? Attar has an answer to encourage ...


The Joy of Sacrifice: Secrets of the Sufi Way
E. J. Gold
0895560038
May 28, 1978
Paperback
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Sufism, the Heart of Islam
Sheikh Khaled Ben Tounes
1890772267
Nov 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Translated from the 1996 French edition by Khaled Elabdi, this balanced book shows Sheikh Khaled BentounŠs reflecting on Sufism (Tassawwuf), its relation to Islam and other religions and its relevance to world affairs. In addition to the usual fare of Sufic poetry and customs, contents include testimonials of personal spiritual development, expositions on Tassawwuf as the non-dualistic inner core of Islam and Qur'anic references in support of Tassawwuf's position within an unbroken line of transmission extending from the Prophet Muhammad through the generations (often designated, not necessarily blood line) to the author's own succession. Readers may find this richly developed material challenging as an introduction to either Islam or Sufism, but crisp and occasionally entertaining prose eases the endeavor ....


Abandon: A Romance
Pico Iyer
064166558X

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The Heart of Islam
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
0060099240
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Nasr, a professor at George Washington University and a living legend in Islamic studies, was commissioned by Harper San Francisco to write this book after the attacks of September 11. Presented as "an explanation of the authentic teachings of Islam anew in light of the challenges of the present-day situation," this is an adequate and accurate reference tool, particularly for comparisons of the text of the holy books of the three major, monotheistic Western religions. Further, Nasr's ability to perceive profound spiritual meaning from Islamic theory, though exploited only a few times in this book, has no rival. The writing is best when he's discussing his own life. He also succeeds when taking on current critics of Islam, especially his persuasive counter-arguments to the "What Went Wrong?" school of thought....


Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth
Henry Corbin, Nancy Pearson (Translator)
0691018839
August 1, 1989
Paperback
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Review
[O]ne of the most important and ground-breaking works of Corbin whose original French version . . . revealed a whole domain and 'climate' of the spiritual universe of the Persian sages and mystics.

Book Description

An analysis of interrelated themes in Iranian religion, including the angelology of Mazdaism and Islamic Shi'ite concepts of spirit-body identity.

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The Illustrated Rumi
Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
006062017X
Oct 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
The 13th century Sufi mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi was a storyteller who spoke like a songwriter--in metered prose and rhyming verse. Whatever the translation (and there have been many), his words always seem to fall like lilting petals, drifting in a delicate pattern toward some grounded truth. This sensually illustrated version offers yet another new translation in which readers will find a mixture of Rumi's parables and poetry interwoven into each story. Thus, readers will start off firmly planted in Rumi's straightforward, storytelling voice. Then, about four paragraphs down, the translators will insert one of his ecstatic poems, then the tone will return to the story voice. It may seem like choppy editing, but it actually swirls and circles around like a joyful Sufi dancer. The chosen tales are all spiritually...


2006 Rumi Engagement Calendar
Manufactured by Universe Publishing Co
0789312441
July 2005
Desk Calendar
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The Sufi Path of Knowledge
William C. Chittick
0887068855
July 1989
Paperback
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The Drowned Book
Coleman Barks
0060750634
July 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Although a popular Islamic mystic who remains important to many Sufi sects, Bahauddin is known to the West primarily as the father of the thirteenth-century poet Rumi, interest in whose work has been revived by Coleman Barks' translations. Reminiscent of Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, Bahauddin's writing in The Drowned Book is a miscellany that shows Bahauddin jumping from gardening tips to meditations on Qur'anic verses to quasi-erotic explorations of the Sufi's efforts to find unity with God. Readers unfamiliar with Islamic history and Sufi practice will wish the translators had included more explanatory commentary, but the translation itself is engaging and colloquial. The bits of Bahauddin's poetry included (e.g., "Why say autumn is the end of loving? / For us there will be another spring") are a far cry...


The Subject Tonight Is Love

0140196234
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear and intimate friend. Perhaps, more than any other Persian poet, it is Hafiz who most fully accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Daniel Ladinsky has made it his life's work to create modern, inspired translations of the world's most profound spiritual poetry. Through Ladinsky's translations, Hafiz's voice comes alive across the centuries singing his message of love.

About the Author
Daniel Ladinsky is the translator of The Gift and Love Poems from God. For six years he lived with the family of Meher Baba in a spiritual community in western India.


Mystical Dimensions of Islam
Annemarie Schimmel
0807812714
June 1975
Paperback
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A Year with Rumi
Coleman Barks
006084597X
Nov 2006
Hardcover
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Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi
Henry Corbin
0691058342
March 1998
Paperback
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Book Description

"Henry Corbin's works are the best guide to the visionary tradition.... Corbin, like Scholem and Jonas, is remembered as a scholar of genius. He was uniquely equipped not only to recover Iranian Sufism for the West, but also to defend the principal Western traditions of esoteric spirituality."--From the introduction by Harold Bloom

Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240) was one of the great mystics of all time. Through the richness of his personal experience and the constructive power of his intellect, he made a unique contribution to Shi'ite Sufism. In this book, which features a powerful new preface by Harold Bloom, Henry Corbin brings us to the very core of this movement with a penetrating analysis of Ibn 'Arabi's life and doctrines.

Corbin begins with a kind of spiritual topography of the twelfth century, emphasizing the...



The Sufis
Idries Shah
0385079664
January 1971
Paperback
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Stevie Smith, The Observer, November 1, 1964
"...vastness of learning and exposition that calls to our patience - and perhaps to our loss if it calls in vain."

Los Angeles Times
"Important historically and culturally."

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In Search of the Hidden Treasure
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
1585421804
March 24, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Like no other book, In Search of the Hidden Treasure captures the centuries-old traditions of Sufism. Its pages allow the contemporary reader to become immersed in the words, sights, and wisdom of this powerful mystical wing of Islam. Here is the world of whirling dervishes; of mysterious alleyways where chanting is heard all day long; and of a young poet named Rumi, who writes impassioned love songs to God.

Constructed as a conference of Sufis who gather in a great hall to answer the questions of a seeker, In Search of the Hidden Treasure is illustrated with more than a hundred previously unpublished works of Islamic art, and portraits of the Sufi Pirs, or enlightened teachers, drawn by the author's wife, Mary Inayat Khan.

The book also includes an extensive glossary of Sufi terms that...

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