The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition

Paperback | September 2, 2008

bySeyyed Hossein Nasr

not yet rated|write a review

The headlines are filled with the politics of Islam, but there is another side to the world's fastest-growing religion. Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam. This mystical movement from the early ninth century rejects worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment, insisting rather on the love of God as the only valid form of adoration. Sufism has made significant contributions to Islamic civilization in music and philosophy, dance and literature. The Sufi poet Rumi is the bestselling poet in America. But in recent centuries Sufism has been a target for some extremist Islamic movements as well as many modernists. The Garden of Truth presents the beliefs and vision of the mystical heart of Islam, along with a history of Sufi saints and schools of thought.

In a world threatened by religious wars, depleting natural resources, a crumbling ecosystem, and alienation and isolation, what has happened to our humanity? Who are we and what are we doing here? The Sufi path offers a journey toward truth, to a knowledge that transcends our mundane concerns, selfish desires, and fears. In Sufism we find a wisdom that brings peace and a relationship with God that nurtures the best in us and in others.

Noted scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr helps you learn the secret wisdom tradition of Islam and enter what the ancient mystics call the "garden of truth." Here, liberate your mind, experience peace, discover your purpose, fall in love with the Divine, and find your true, best self.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.70 online
$18.50 list price
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The headlines are filled with the politics of Islam, but there is another side to the world's fastest-growing religion. Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam. This mystical movement from the early ninth century rejects worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment, insisting rather on the love of G...

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is university professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. Author of over fifty books, Professor Nasr is a well-known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the West and in the Islamic world. Born in Tehran, raised from the age of twelve in the United States, and a graduate of MIT and Harv...

other books by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary
The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary

Hardcover|Nov 17 2015

$55.68 online$74.99list price(save 25%)
Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization
Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization

Paperback|Dec 24 2002

$15.55 online$18.50list price(save 15%)
see all books by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:September 2, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006162599X

ISBN - 13:9780061625992

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

The Sufi mystical heart of Islam is one of the few antidotes to fundamentalism in the Muslim world, and here Nasr looks at the human spiritual quest for the paradisiacal divine garden from a Sufi perspective . . . Eloquent, elegant, and lucid.