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Teachings of Sufism

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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 ...

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623493
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Mystical Understanding of the Qur'an 1
The Book of the Elect: On Understanding and Following the Book of God 2
2 The Character of the Prophet Muhammad 15
The TS of the Lamp 17
The Book of the Example and Imitation of the Messenger of God 21
3 Spiritual Practice 40
from The Bewildered Traveler 41
The Treatise on Meditation 55
The Treatise on the Intermediate State 65
The Nine Lodges 72
from The Clear Fountain 77
4 Divine and Human Love 82
On the Courtesy of the Lover and Beloved 84
5 Listening to Music 95
On Listening to Music 97
from The Melodies of Listening to Music 105
6 Ethical Practice 118
The Errors of Wayfarers 120
7 Mastery and Discipleship 148
The Testament to Disciples 150
from The Clarification of Virtue for the People of Divine Knowledge 161
8 Lives of the Saints 170
The Life of Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi 172
Early Women Saints 182
Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya 182
Fidda 183
from Reports of the Righteous on the Secrets of the Pious 185
Bibi Sara 185
Bibi Fatima Sam 186
from The Garden of the Guardians and the Extract of the Deeds of the Upright 190
Rabi'a bint Abi Bakr 190
Zaynab bint al-Rifa'i 191
from The Confidant of Spirits 196
Notes on Sources 201
Index of Qur'anic Passages and Prophetic Sayings 205
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