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Classics of Western Spirituality

Overview

In the seventh century, a mystical approach to losing self and attaining unity with Allah arose within Islam. This approach became known as Sufism. These 11 key texts span the historical and geographic spread of this inward-focused movement within Islam. Explore Indian, Arabian, Moroccan, Egyptian, Spanish, and Persian Islamic writings in this collection of devotional and theological works from highly influential Sufi Muslim scholars. Individual volumes are also filled with examples from the later Sufi renaissance in the thirteenth century AD.

These carefully curated examples of Islamic spirituality are important for the study of world religions and missional strategy, as well as comparative religion. Better understand Islamic doctrines and much more by interacting with uniquely qualified authors from Islam’s Sufi heritage. These works illuminate the subtle nuance and traditions of mystical Islam with both primary source documents.

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For more insight into Islamic history, worship, and culture, check out the Islamic Studies Collection.

Key Features

  • Provides primary source documents from the the early Sufi movement within Islam
  • Includes biographical works on several Sufi leaders throughout history
  • Presents a broad range of perspectives from throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe

Product Details

Individual Titles

Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari: Songs of Love and Devotion

  • Author: Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari
  • Editor: Lourdes Maria Alvarez
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 256

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Sensuous, spiritual, and ethereal, this selection of works by the prominent Andalusian Sufi mystic and poet Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari (1212–1269) delight readers as prime examples of devotional Islamic literature.

Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari (1212–1269) was an Andalusian Sufi poet whose disciples numbered in the hundreds. His works are still sung and remain popular in Morocco today.

Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur’an, Mi’raj, Poetic and Theological Writings

  • Editor: Michael A. Sells
  • Translator: Michael A. Sells
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 416

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This volume makes available and accessible the writings of the crucial early period of Islamic mysticism during which Sufism developed as one of the world’s major mystical traditions. The texts are accompanied by commentary on their historical, literary and philosophical context.

Fakhruddin Iraqi: Divine Flashes

  • Author: Fakhruddin Iraqi
  • Translators: William C. Chittick and Peter L. Wilson
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 194

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One of the foremost expositors of Sufi teachings, Fakhruddin Iraqi (1213–1289) was one of the greatest of Persian poets. His masterpiece, Divine Flashes, is a classic expression of Sufi love mysticism.

Fakhruddin Iraqi (1213–1289) was originally a knowledgeable teacher of Islamic texts and the sciences. Iraqi joined a group of wandering dervishes and became an ascetic. He served the Shaykh in Multan and was married to his daughter. He lived and wrote during a prominent revival period within Islam. A contemporary of al-Ghazali, another prominent Sufi, Iraqi’s Divine Flashes is his best known work and is still studied today among scholars of Islam.

Farid ad-Din Attar’s Memorial of God’s Friends: Lives and Sayings of Sufis

  • Author: Farid ad-Din Attar
  • Translator: Paul Edward Losensky
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 434

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This volume presents the lives and sayings of some of the most renowned figures in the Islamic Sufi tradition, translated into a contemporary American English from the Persian of the poet Farid ad-Din Attar.

Farid ad-Din Attar Often writing under the pseudonym, ʿAṭṭār (the perfumer), Abū Ḥamīd bin Abū Bakr Ibrāhīm (1110–1221) had a profound influence on Persian writing and Sufism. Little is known of his life, save for his writings.

Ibn ‘Abbad of Ronda: Letters on the Sufi Path

  • Author: Ibn ‘Abbad of Ronda
  • Translator: John Renard
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 256

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Ibn ‘Abbad of Ronda (1332–1390) wrote to his friends in Fez from the small Moroccan town of Salé. This volume contains selections of his letters, dating from 1365 to 1375, blending the lay movement of his time and the Sufi traditions of his past into a fresh spirituality.

Ibn ‘Abbad of Ronda (1333–1390) this Sufi mystic is said to have been an influence on St. John of the cross.

Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah Iskandari/Kwaja C: The Book of Wisdom/Intimate Conversations

  • Authors: Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah Iskandari and Kwaja Abdullah Ansari
  • Translators: Victor Danner and Wheeler M. Thackston
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1978
  • Pages: 356

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Two early Sufi classics are contained in this volume. They embody the essence of spiritual life in this Islamic tradition. Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah (1250–1309) was a Sufi saint and sage who lived in Egypt. Kwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006–1089) was one of major early writers of Persian mystical literature.

Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah (d. 1309) was an instructor within the Shadhili Sufi order. His works include a biography of the founder of his movement.

Kwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006–1099) lived in Persia during the 11th century, was known as a gifted orator and commentator on the Qur’an.

Ibn Al’Arabi: The Bezels of Wisdom

  • Author: Ibn Al’Arabi
  • Translator: R.W.J. Martin
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 320

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Called “the greatest Master” by Muslims, Ibn al’ Arabi (1165–1240), a Sufi born in Spain, wrote this work intended to be a synthesis of his spiritual doctrine.

Al’Arabi (1165–1240) was an eleventh and twelfth century Sufi mystic who studied as the disciple of Al-Ghazali. He was an expert on Malaki jurisprudence and helped to spread Ash’aqi theology in Spain.

Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology

  • Translators: John Renard
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 464

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This volume consists of a mini-anthology of translated classical and medieval Arabic and Persian texts on the relationship between traditional, discursive knowledge of Islamic religious tradition and the experiential knowledge of God.

Nizam Ad-Din Awliya: Morals for the Heart

  • Author: Nizam Ad-Din Awliya
  • Translator: Bruce B. Lawrence
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 416

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Translated from Persian, Morals for the Heart contains the conversations of Shaykh Nizam ad-din Awliya (d. 1325), a major Indian saint, as recorded by his disciple.

Shaykh Nizam ad-din Awliya (d. 1325) was an Indian Sufi mystic who was a part of the Chishti order. His bent toward asceticism influenced many others to imitate his example. He gathered a number of disciples during his lifetime that also took an ascetic path.

Sharafuddin Maneri: The Hundred Letters

  • Author: Sharafuddin Maneri
  • Translator: Paul Jackson
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 480

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Sharafuddin Maneri (1263–1381), born in India, was one of the most famous Islamic saints and one of the greatest Sufi masters. The Hundred Letters is a basic presentation of his teachings for spiritual advancement.

Sharafuddin Maneri (1263–1381) lived and worshipped in the thirteenth century in what is now India. Because of his considerable influence, his shrine is still revered by Hindus and Sufis alike.

Umar Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verse, Saintly Life

  • Author: Umar Ibn al-Farid
  • Translator: Thomas Emil Homerin
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 384

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This volume contains two major works of the venerated poet Umar Ibn al-Farid, an accomplished Sufi as well as a respected poet, whose works blend the two traditions of classical Arabic poetry and Islamic mysticism.

Umar Ibn al-Farid (1181–1235) was an Arab poet who was born in Cairo and lived in Mecca. His family had a legal heritage while he himself lived as a prominent Sufi teacher and author. His writings are still read at his tomb on Fridays to this day.