The Shambhala Guide to Sufism / Edition 1

The Shambhala Guide to Sufism / Edition 1

by Carl W. Ernst
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570621802

ISBN-13: 9781570621802

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

The soaring voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the ecstatic dance of the Whirling Dervishes, the rapturous verse of Jalaluddin Rumi—all are expressions of Sufism, often regarded as the mystical tradition of Islam. Who are the Sufis? They are more than mystics; they are empowered by the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad. They are guided by saints and masters. They…  See more details below

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The soaring voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the ecstatic dance of the Whirling Dervishes, the rapturous verse of Jalaluddin Rumi—all are expressions of Sufism, often regarded as the mystical tradition of Islam. Who are the Sufis? They are more than mystics; they are empowered by the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad. They are guided by saints and masters. They belong to orders ranging from North Africa and Turkey to India and Central Asia. In addition to prayer and fasting, they practice techniques of meditation. They recite poetry, delight in music, and perform dance, all towards one goal—union with God, the Divine Beloved. This comprehensive introduction clarifies the concept of Sufism and discusses its origin and development. In addition, the author discusses the important issues of Sufism's relationship with the larger Islamic world and its encounters with fundamentalism and modern secularism, along with the appropriation of Sufism by non-Muslims and the development of Sufi traditions in the West.

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ISBN-13:
9781570621802
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1What Is Sufism?1
2The Sacred Sources of Sufism32
3Saints and Sainthood58
4The Names of God, Meditation, and Mystical Experience81
5The Sufi Orders: Mastery, Discipleship, and Initiation120
6Sufi Poetry147
7Sufi Music and Dance179
8Sufism in the Contemporary World199
Notes229
Select Bibliography243
Select Discography247
Index251

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