9780062514752

Essential Sufism

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    9780062514752

  • ISBN10:

    006251475X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/11/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

The first accessible and broad-ranging sourcebook of key Sufi writings, Essential Sufism draws together more than 300 stories, fables, aphorisms, short writings, and poems that reveal the heart of Islamic mysticism. Each selection has been chosen for the beauty and emotional impact that have made the work of Sufi writers such as Rumi so popular. The poets and writers chosen here - including Ibn Arabi, Al-Ghazzali, Hafiz, Attar, Koranic writers, and, of course, Rumi - will fascinate newcomers to Sufism, delight old hands, and provide a matchless overview of a mystical tradition that has touched a dozen cultures and endured for more than 1,500 years.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Huston Smith
Introduction 1(34)
Sheikh Ragip Robert Frager al Jerrahi
PART ONE The Many Faces of Sufism
The Sufi Way
35(10)
PART TWO Living in the World
Daily Life
45(12)
Self-Deception and Self-Knowledge
57(8)
The Lower Self
65(8)
The World, Mirror of the Divine
73(6)
Wisdom
79(8)
Hadith, the Words of the Prophet
87(8)
PART THREE Love and an Open Heart
Spiritual Experience
95(6)
Opening the Heart
101(6)
Contemplation and Knowledge
107(6)
Love
113(14)
PART FOUR Sufi Teachers
Teachers and Students
127(24)
PART FIVE Sufism in Action
Practices
151(10)
Sufi Humor
161(10)
Virtues
171(26)
Faith
171(3)
Humility
174(4)
Gratitude
178(2)
Poverty
180(3)
Patience
183(2)
Generosity
185(12)
PART SIX In Touch with the Divine
How to Know God
197(6)
Prayer
203(6)
Remembrance of God
209(8)
Service
217(10)
PART SEVEN Faces of the One
God
227(8)
Satan
235(8)
PART EIGHT Transformation
Self-Transformation
243(8)
Death
251(6)
A Note on the Texts and Calligraphy 257(2)
Bibliography 259(4)
Permission Acknowledgments 263

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