Essential Sufism

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byRobert Frager

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The definitive compendium of Sufi wisdom, 'Essential Sufism' draws together more than three hundred fables, poems and prayers that reveal the luminous spirit of Islamic mysticism. Embracing all eras and highlighting the many faces of Sufism, this colle

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The 1,500 year-old mysticism of the Sufis has influenced countless cultures and authors. Their goal was, and is, to develop a close personal relationship with God and to immerse themselves completely in the glory of divinity. Essential Sufism is a collection of more than 300 important Sufi writings from famous poets like Ibn Arabi, Al-...

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The definitive compendium of Sufi wisdom, 'Essential Sufism' draws together more than three hundred fables, poems and prayers that reveal the luminous spirit of Islamic mysticism. Embracing all eras and highlighting the many faces of Sufism, this colle

James Fadiman, Ph.D., is an author, teacher, and student of Sufism. He lives in Menlo Park, California. Robert Fager, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Sufi teacher, and author of two other books on Sufism, Love Is the Wine, and Heart, Self, and Soul: The Sufi Psychology of Growth, Balance, and Harmony.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the Heart and Soul Sufism is focused on the core and essence of Islam; the love of God that transcends and transforms human beings … reading the book will deeply touch your heart and soul…its far beyond the mere practice of the rituals.
Date published: 2008-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wise Words I recieved this book as Christmas present. It is the single best book of inspirational spiritual writings I have ever come across. Every time I read it I am moved by something. The organization of the book into catagories like 'virtues'and 'the lower self' make finding needed inspiration easier. Fadiman's introduction privide an excellent background as well as some inspiration in their own right. GEt this book!!!!
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lessons in Wisdom Essential Sufism brings together sayings, stories and anecdotes of famous sages and saints of the Islamic world, including Ghazzali, Rumi, Attar and the more recent Sheikh Muzaffer. Words of illumination on topics such as life and death, love, the self and God give the reader a chance to delve into the world of mysticism and benefit from the wisdom and truth that each page of this book contains. Not only Muslims, but people from all creeds and cultures will find the writings and commentary in this book a source of revelation, about themselves and the world, and will get pleasure and ample food for thought by knowing what the Sufi way is all about.
Date published: 2000-07-29

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The 1,500 year-old mysticism of the Sufis has influenced countless cultures and authors. Their goal was, and is, to develop a close personal relationship with God and to immerse themselves completely in the glory of divinity. Essential Sufism is a collection of more than 300 important Sufi writings from famous poets like Ibn Arabi, Al-Ghazzali, Hafiz, Attar and Rumi. Fans of Sufi poetry, stories and fables will adore this wonderful collection of pieces, which speak from the finest of the Sufi literary tradition. Newcomers to the works will also love the emotional force and spiritual eloquence of the Sufi masters. 

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"A treasure of jewels in the tradition of Sufi soul-work. "I really love and value this book."-- Coleman Barks, translator of "The Essential Rumi""An awesome and eminently profound compendium of spiritual wisdom."-- "Body Mind Spirit""Reading through the many entries, one gets a feeling for the beauty and deep wisdom of the Sufis."-- "Library Journal"