A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-12-07
  • Publisher: World Wisdom Books
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At the very heart of Islam lies the spiritual way of Sufism. Far removed from the negative portrayal of Islam in the headlines, Sufism is rooted in the harmonious qualities of peace, love, beauty, and wisdom. Its primary focus is to return human beings to unity with God. This select treasury of Sufi wisdom includes nearly 400 short sayings from as many as 100 of the greatest Sufi saints and sages in history, covering a vast span of 1,400 years. It includes notable sayings from well-known figures such as Rabiah, al-Hallaj, Junayd, al-Ghazali, Ibn al-Farid, Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and Ahmad al-Alawi. Also featured are over 150 verses from the Koran and the Hadith (Prophetic sayings), which form the foundational sources of this esoteric form of Islam. Whether expressing itself in pithy paradoxical aphorisms, extended intellectual instruction, or rapturous mystical poetry, this compendium of Sufi wisdom will illuminate the spiritual traveler's way of return to God.

Author Biography

Peter Samsel is an independent scholar with wide-ranging interests in traditional metaphysics, symbolism, science, and art. He holds a doctorate in theoretical physics and is the author of articles and review essays in Parabola, Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, and Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity. His article, "A Unity with Distinctions: Parallels in the Thought of Gregory Palamas and Ibn al-Arabi," appears in the volume Paths to the Heart: Sufism and the Christian East, edited by James S. Cutsinger, which is part of World Wisdom's Perennial Philosophy series. An article on the Sufi metaphysics of Divine unity, "The First Pillar of Islam," was selected by Parabola for their Parabola in the Classroom collection of scholarly articles for educators. He lives in New York state.

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