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Teachings of Sufism
     

Teachings of Sufism

by Carl W. Ernst
 

The prose and verse readings in this book were chosen to interest the many people who have become attracted to Sufi teachings through their exposure to popular Sufi poetry, music, and dance. The selections—mostly from the Middle East and India, ranging from the tenth to the twentieth century—provide a sampling of Sufi thought on some of the basic

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The prose and verse readings in this book were chosen to interest the many people who have become attracted to Sufi teachings through their exposure to popular Sufi poetry, music, and dance. The selections—mostly from the Middle East and India, ranging from the tenth to the twentieth century—provide a sampling of Sufi thought on some of the basic aspects of this spiritual path.

Most of the readings are published here in English for the first time. Brief introductory remarks place each selection into its historical and religious context, and an index of Qur'anic passages helps the reader to trace the extensive allusions to the Islamic holy scriptures.

The topics covered include:

   •  The nature of mystical love
   •  Meditation
   •  Listening to music as a spiritual practice
   •  Ethical teachings of Sufism
   •  Pitfalls on the spiritual path
   •  Spiritual companionship and the master-disciple relationship
   •  The importance of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad
   •  Biographical accounts of great mystics, including the poet Rumi as well as several female saints

Editorial Reviews

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 imaginatively illustrated book; it too seems indispensable for a beginner in the mystical traditions of Islam. For most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570623493
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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