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This extraordinary work provides a glimpse into the august scholarly and spiritual traditions of islam carried forth into our day. Some people many have concluded that the saints and sages of Islam ended with all those names with whom we are most familiar- Ghazali, Jilani, Rumi and so on. It is important to understand that the knowledge and spiritual depth reached in past centuries and celebrated in so many book, in fact has and does continue into the present day. Otherwise, it would not be eternal Truth.
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"For more than a year now I have been giving weekly talks on Sufism to the monks here." Merton 1966-8 In the last two years of his life, Merton spoke to the novices on Sufism, which were recorded by brother Paul Quenon. That these are finally available is both remarkable and a truly moving gift to us all.
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This volume is more than the catalog for an exhibit accompanying the 2013 visit of the Dalai Lama to Louisville, Kentucky, and commemorating his affection for Thomas Merton. It is a document of something we have all missed about the final two years of Merton's life. The starkness and brevity of the passages selected resound in a direct way upon the soul.
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Intended as a literary-monastic miscellany, this ecletic mix of writings, sketches, stories and interviews offers the reader a breviary uniquely suited to our times. The writings sound chords we hear struck far too infrequently outside of monastic settings: on the similarities of poetry and prayer; on the power of pregnant spiritual silence; on the importance of meditation in the art of living intentionally and well; on the importance of not wishing to be wise too soon.
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A commentary by a major learned figure of late Ottoman Sufism, which presents Rumi as his principal heirs understood him - with the multiple levels of reference and allusion that were typically brought to bear in Turkish study circles , as well as the symbolic implications and connections in the Masnavi to Qur’anic passages, hadith, and the sayings and poems of Sufi masters in Arabic, Persian and Turkish.
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The Letters of Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi are widely recognized as a remarkable and influential storehouse of Sufi experience and reflection. Arthur Buehler’s meticulous translation and explanation of these important yet difficult texts is a major contribution to the study of Islamic mysticism.
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The Prophetic traditions address all aspects of man’s earthly life, as well as the spiritual life, the path to the world beyond impermanence. This is a collection of over 200 such traditions, drawn from the canonical collections of ḥadīth and from other authoritative traditional sources.
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In this pioneering work, Seyyed Shahabeddin Mesbahi offers a new methodologyfor approaching Islamic mystical concepts by examining the importance, place and manifestation of the concepts of cosmos, nature and environment in Islamic mysti­cism. The study presents a framework for understanding the exoteric and esotericdimensions of these concepts, within selected stations (maqāmāt) of the mystical path (ṭarīqa), and how, in a reciprocal interaction, they weave a “symbiotic whole.”
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SUFISM: A Wayfarer’s Guide to the Naqshbandi Way, unlike almost all books on Sufism in English, provides a window on the living Sufism of the Khalidi-naqshbandi Sufis of Kurdistan. This text is quite unique, as it contextualizes the practice of Sufism both historically and within the Islamic religious milieu, clarifying many types of questions non-Sufis typically ask.
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Ibn 'Ajība originally composed this lexicon for fellow disciples in the Darqawī Ṭarīqa of late 13th/18th century Morocco. In it, he describes 15 stations of the Sufic path, over 100 terms for the realities of the Way, and 14 terms for the stages of spiritual perfection. Supplementing the original text is a beautiful vowelled edition of the Arabic, extensive notes, and twenty excerpts from other works by Ibn'Ajība which speak of the fundamental notions of Sufism.
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Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.
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The author of this volume has provided students and scholars of the Middle Ages with an indispensable vade mecum, a guide for those new to the study of medieval thought as well as a resource for specialists.
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This, the first book in English from an authority on Sufism, Éric Geoffroy, introduces Sufism from many angles and from its origins up to the present day. Geoffroy sees Sufism as a unique lens through which we can view the spirituality that lies behind the forms of Islam.
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Sufi teachers often refer to al-Khidr, the immortal Green Man, the guide of Moses in the Qur’an (18:60-82), to whom Sufi saints or spiritual masters are connected, to validate spiritual authority, teaching or practice. Here, three medieval Sufi Qur’an commentators -- al-Qushayri, Ruzbihan Baqli, and al-Qashani -- explain this story in their Qur’an commentaries to describe the master-disciple relationship and aspects of the Sufi path.
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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' writings on and examination of the life and works of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani and celebrated author and contemplative.
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This fifth volume in the highly regarded Fons Vitae Thomas Merton series reveals the depth of the monk’s interests in Taoism and in particular the sage Chuang-Tzu from whose writings Merton selected, translated and presented a work that he called his personal favorite, The Way of Chuang Tzu.
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The magnum opus of 20th-century West Africa’s greatest Muslim leader, Shaykh al-Islam Ibrahim ‘Abd-Allah Niass of the Tijaniyya, a Sufi order which has spread globally since Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani established the confraternity in the late 18th century.
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The Mantle Adorned is a completely new translation of the Burda (‘Mantle Poem’) of Imam Sharaf al-Din al-Busiri (d.1297). Abdal Hakim Murad has consulted the classical commentaries to produce this clear and careful English version.
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Drawing on a dazzling interplay of scriptural and spiritual authorities, one is led to the respective hearts and foundational principles of these great revelations. The result is the transmission of profound common teachings, on subjects varying from Ultimate Reality to worship. Further information on the May 12th launch of this unique volume with the Dalai Lama is available on our News & Events page.
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An archaeological-detective story uncovering the pieces of the ancient mystery of where Christ was baptized, concerned with the recent discovery of the possible baptism site of Jesus Christ, in ‘Wadi al-Kharrar’ on the east bank of the river Jordan, the “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” of the Gospels.
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Al-Bahr al-Madid, is the only traditional Quranic commentary in existence which gives both exoteric exegesis and mystical “spiritual allusion” for each verse of the Sacred Book. Only one other work by the prolific 13th/18th century Moroccan mystic and scholar, Ahmad ibn ‘Ajiba, has so far been translated into English.
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The fourth volume in the Great Commentaries on the Holy Qur’an series, Al Tafsir Al-Tustari is the earliest surviving Sufi commentary on the Qur’an and it one of the few authenticated works in Tustari’s name. It is a key source for understanding the mystical thought and teachings of this important and influential Sufi.
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Tafsir Ibn Abbas, presented here in complete English translation for the first time ever, is the second work in the Great Commentaries on the Holy Qur'an series. The series aims to make widely available leading exegetical works in translation for study and research in unabridged form, which are faithful to the letter and meaning of the Arabic.
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This volume helps us to understand Islamic scripture on the spiritual -- and thus, universal -- level. Indeed, precisely because its insights are on the spiritual level, the commonalities of theme and practice with other spiritual traditions such as Kabbalah become apparent.
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The book is about going beyond the illusory dualistic worldly reality (while living in it), hence the expression to be in the world but not of it. It is about realizing and awakening to this Larger Context. Forthcoming-Summer 2010
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The Jews of Iraq is an accessible narrative of the long tenure of the Jewish community in Iraq, from the time of the Babylonian captivity beginning 731 B.C.E. through the exodus of 1951-52 C.E. after Israel was established." The book covers such events as the Assyrian and Babylonian destruction of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judea, and the deportation of the Jews to Babylon; in captivity, the growth of Jewish communities in Babylon, and the long period when Babylon was the center of Jewish life in exile.
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Masterfully researched and weaving together strands from traditional metaphysics and symbolism, this work illuminates essential themes that lie at the core of religious expression. A compendium of intellectual and spiritual lore, The Symbolism of the Ark addresses such topics as Transcendence and Immanence, the Center and the Periphery, and the symbolism of numbers, to reveal the unity behind the diversity of religious expression.
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*Updated & Expanded Edition* The three Sufi texts published in this volume all deal with some aspect of the Sufi path to God. The Sufi path is marked by a number of different stages or stations (maqam/maqamat) which the Sufi traveller (salik) passes through as he advances on the path.
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Exploring man's ecological, spiritual, and symbolic relationship with nature through meditation and thoughts on water, this volume is a useful tool for religious practitioners of all faiths to understand more deeply the connection between their religious life and the earth.The collection includes essays and poetry from a wide range of intellectuals and poets, including Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Thomas Merton, Huston Smith, and Henry David Thoreau, among others.
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The Tangled Braid offers a fresh translation of one of the supreme spiritual poets – Hafiz of Shiraz. A unique collaboration between a Cistercian monk (John Slater) and an Islamic scholar (Jeffrey Einboden), this volume combines precision and, voicing Hafiz’ esoteric verses through powerful English lines.
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This book is a collection of 100 fatwas (Islamic legal opinions) authored by the Grand Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Ali Gomaa with the express purpose of addressing issues that have been controversial amongst Muslims and have been the cause of discord.
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