Books about Sufism
Sufism is the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a sufi, though some adherents of the tradition reserve this term only for those practitioners who have attained the goals of the Sufi tradition. Another name used for the Sufi seeker is Dervish.
Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as "a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God." Alternatively, in the words of the renowned Darqawi Sufi teacher Ahmad ibn Ajiba, "a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one's inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits."
During the primary stages of Sufism, Sufis were characterised by their particular attachment to dhikr (a practice of repeating the names of God) and asceticism. Sufism arose among a number of Muslims as a reaction against the worldliness of the early Umayyad Caliphate (661-750 CE). The Sufi movement has spanned several continents and cultures over a millennium, at first expressed through Arabic, then through Persian, Turkish and a dozen other languages.
According to Idries Shah, the Sufi philosophy is universal in nature, its roots predating the arising of Islam and the other modern-day religions; likewise, some Muslims consider Sufism outside the sphere of Islam. Mainstream scholars of Islam, however, contend that it is simply the name for the inner or esoteric dimension of Islam. More »
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The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition
By Jalal al-Din Rumi & Coleman Barks
The best-selling Rumi book ever is now better than ever! This revised and expanded edition of the comprehensive one-volume edition of America&...
Rumi's Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit
By Rumi & Maryam Mafi
From Madonna to Deepak Chopra, celebrities have been recording and embracing Rumi's poetry for the past two decades, creating a resurgence of interest...
A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings
By Coleman Barks
Coleman Barks has played a central role in making the Sufi mystic Rumi the most popular poet in the world. A Year with Rumi brings together 365 of Bar...
By Hafiz & Daniel Ladinsky
Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky’s extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems b...
I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
By Hafiz & Daniel Ladinsky
From the renowned translator of The Gift, a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet Hafiz to Western readers To Persians, the poems of Hafiz ...
Hearts Turn: Sinners, Seekers, Saints and the Road to Redemption
By Michael Sugich
‘Hearts Turn’ is a singular and gripping exploration of the act of 'tawba', a Qur’anic term commonly translated as repentance. In English, repen...
The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics)
By Farid ud-Din Attar & Afkham Darbandi
Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A...
The Rumi Collection (Shambhala Library)
By Jelaluddin Rumi & Kabir Helminski
Rumi's poems are beloved for their touching perceptions of humanity and the Divine. Here is a rich introduction to the work of the great mystical poet...
The Sammaniyya: Doctrine, History & Future: Major Sufi orders in Sudan
By Dr Abdulgalil Abdallah Salih
This book explores the doctrine, history and the future of one of the most famous and major Sufi orders in the Islamic world, the Sammaniyya.
Music, according to Sufi teaching, is really a small expression of the overwhelming and perfect harmony of the whole universe—and that is the secret...