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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

    The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition
    By Jalal al-Din Rumi & Coleman Barks

    This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.Thr...

    $9.98

     
  • A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings

    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...

    $8.00

     
  • The Gift

    The Gift
    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...

    $12.93

     
  • I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy

    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 to Western readers To Persians , the poems of Hafiz are n...

    $8.00

     
  • The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz (Compass)

    The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz (Compass)
    By Hafiz & Daniel Ladinsky

    To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear ...

    $10.76

     
  • The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics)

    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...

    $8.24

     
  • Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

    Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
    By Caroline Finkel

    The definitive history of the Ottoman EmpireThe Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extende...

    $6.03

     
  • Kahlil Gibran's Little Book of Life

    Kahlil Gibran's Little Book of Life
    By Kahlil Gibran & Neil Douglas-Klotz

    For the past eighty years, the beautiful words of the Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran have graced everything from greeting cards and wedding invi...

    $10.31

     
  • The Mysticism of Sound and Music: The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

    The Mysticism of Sound and Music: The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Shambhala Dragon Editions...
    By Hazrat Inayat Khan

    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...

    $16.20

     
  • The Rumi Collection (Shambhala Library)

    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...

    $12.30