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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

    The best-selling Rumi book ever is now better than ever! This revised and expanded edition of the comprehensive one-volume edition of America&...

    $9.94

     
  • 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...

    $13.93

     
  • 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...

    $12.97

     
  • Rumi's Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit

    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...

    $9.70

     
  • 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 Hafiz to Western readers To Persians, the poems of Hafiz ...

    $9.54

     
  • 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...

    $8.10

     
  • 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...

    $3.95

     
  • Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism: His Deliverance from Error (al-Munqidh min al-Dalal)

    Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism: His Deliverance from Error (al-Munqidh min al-Dalal)
    By Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali & R. J. McCarthy SJ

    This text has long been recognized as not only an Islamic classic, but also as a great spiritual autobiography of one of the world's greatest religiou...

    $2.49

     
  • 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...

    $12.50

     
  • Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the 99 Names of Allah

    Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the 99 Names of Allah
    By Wali Ali Meyer

    This book takes the reader into the heart of the mystery of the 99 sacred Names of Allah. It is a vehicle for understanding the infinite nature of God...

    $25.96