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The Wisdom of Sufism : One World of Wisdom - Leonard Lewisohn

The Wisdom of Sufism

One World of Wisdom

By: Leonard Lewisohn (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th October 2001
ISBN: 9781851682607
Number Of Pages: 224

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Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, possesses a rich artistic heritage, drawing on poetry, music, art and dance to reflect the ecstasy its followers derive from the presence of divine love.Featuring extracts from a wide range of Sufi writers and poets, including the legendary Jalal al-Din Rumi, this anthology distils the profound wisdom of Sufism into one single volume.

Capturing the very essence of the mystical path, and conveying the intense intoxication found in nearness to God, these extracts also offer sage advice on the cultivation of such virtues as ethics, humility and good humour.

Introductionp. vii
A note on translationp. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Principles and Definitions of Sufismp. 17
What is Sufism?p. 18
Of Dervishes and Sufisp. 23
The Prophet Muhammad's Examplep. 28
The Qur'anp. 33
The Sufi's Godp. 40
Of Saints and Sainthoodp. 45
Of Disciples and Disciplehoodp. 50
The Spiritual Masterp. 59
Cucullus Non Facit Monachump. 67
Sufi Ethics and Ecumenismp. 73
Relationships: Kith and Kin in Flesh and Spiritp. 74
Sufi Ethicsp. 84
Servicep. 89
Humility and Forbearancep. 94
Of Good Humor, Moral Character, and Cheerfulnessp. 102
Spiritual Chivalryp. 109
The Mullah, the Devil, and the Lower Soulp. 115
Spiritual Povertyp. 122
Sufis, Christians, and Christianityp. 128
Beyond Faith and Infidelityp. 134
Spiritual Practices and Stations, Mystical States, Gnosis, and Lovep. 141
Prayer of the Heartp. 142
Spiritual Combatp. 148
Trust in Godp. 155
Detachment from Praise and Blamep. 164
Divine Lovep. 168
Mystical States and Spiritual Stationsp. 175
Spiritual Practices, Contemplation, and Prayerp. 182
Music and Songp. 189
Gnostics and Gnosisp. 195
Heaven and Hellp. 206
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9781851682607
ISBN-10: 1851682600
Series: Oneworld of Wisdom - Timeless Truths to Treasure Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 29th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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