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A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom: The Path of Unity
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Treasury of Sufi Wisdom, A: The Path of Unity
Treasury of Sufi Wisdom, A: The Path of Unity
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Price:  $22.95

ISBN:  978-1-936597-46-8
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  248
Language:  English

A Description of “A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom”
Far from the negative portrayal of Islam in the news headlines lies the spiritual path of Sufism. At the very heart of Islam, Sufism focuses on returning humanity to unity with God, and is rooted in the ideas of peace, love, beauty, and wisdom. These selections of nearly 400 short sayings from over 100 great Sufi masters covers the entire 1,400 years of the Sufi tradition, and will help illuminate the spiritual traveler’s return to God.

  • Gold Medal in the “Religion/Philosophy” category of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards
  • Selected as one of the “The Best Spiritual Books of 2015” by Spirituality & Practice
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At the very heart of Islam lies the spiritual way of Sufism. Far removed from the negative portrayal of Islam in the headlines, Sufism is rooted in the harmonious qualities of peace, love, beauty, and wisdom. Its primary focus is to return human beings to unity with God. This select treasury of Sufi wisdom includes nearly 400 short sayings from as many as 100 of the greatest Sufi saints and sages in history, covering a vast span of 1,400 years. It includes notable sayings from well-known figures such as Rabiah, al-Hallaj, Junayd, al-Ghazali, Ibn al-Farid, Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and Ahmad al-Alawi. Also featured are over 150 verses from the Koran and the Hadith (Prophetic sayings), which form the foundational sources of this esoteric form of Islam. Whether expressing itself in pithy paradoxical aphorisms, extended intellectual instruction, or rapturous mystical poetry, this compendium of Sufi wisdom will illuminate the spiritual traveler’s way of return to God..

  • Gold Medal in the “Religion/Philosophy” category of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards
  • Selected as one of the “The Best Spiritual Books of 2015” by Spirituality & Practice

About the Editor, and the Contributor of the Foreword

Peter Samsel

Peter Samsel is an independent scholar with wide-ranging interests in traditional metaphysics, symbolism, science, and art. Dr Samsel is the editor of the World Wisdom collection A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom: The Path of Unity. An additional contribution to World Wisdom books is his article, “A Unity with Distinctions: Parallels in the Thought of Gregory Palamas and Ibn al-Arabi,” which appears in the volume Paths to the Heart: Sufism and the Christian East, edited by James Cutsinger. Dr Samsel has authored articles and review essays in Parabola, Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, and Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity. Dr Peter Samsel is also the author of an article on the Sufi metaphysics of Divine unity drawn from the Islamic testimony of faith, titled “The First Pillar of Islam.” It was selected by Parabola for their Parabola in the Classroom collection of scholarly articles for educators.

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933) is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. The author of over thirty books and three hundred articles, he is one of the world’s most respected writers and speakers on Islam, its arts and sciences, and its traditional mystical path, Sufism.
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Reviews of “A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom”

“…A noteworthy attempt to hold together, in distilled form, the many voices that, in their various ways, articulate the essence of the fundamental Sufi teaching on the Path to Unity. Offering an extensive bibliography and several appropriate indexes to make further sense of the selection of texts, this book is a valuable resource to non-specialist readers and scholars alike—a crowded but truly well-furnished ‘treasury’ of Sufi Wisdom.”

Temenos Review

“This work serves as a sure guide for the understanding of authentic Sufi doctrine and the principles of the method of reaching the Truth which the doctrine explains and to whose realization it points.”

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Islamic Studies, George Washington University)

“For anyone drawn to the metaphysics of Sufism, as seen from the perspective of Divine Unity, this is a rich collection of valuable insights.”

Carl W. Ernst (Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

“This is a wonderful selection of texts focusing on the tight connection made in Islam between theory and practice, or knowing the truth of God and living in His presence.”

William C. Chittick (Religious Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook)

“This is a Sufi volume with a difference! Scholars and students alike will be intrigued, charmed and educated by the wide range of well-chosen Sufi materials contained in this fascinating volume.”

Ian Richard Netton (Islamic Studies, University of Exeter)

“This elegant and well-chosen anthology of Sufi texts is not only a delight to read, but provides one of the most accessible and useful general introductions to Sufi metaphysics available in English. The emphasis on the mystical fruitfulness of the Qur’anic texts is especially welcome.”

Timothy J. Winter (Dean, Cambridge Muslim College)

“This work brings together some of the most profound and transformative words of wisdom that unveil the mystical heart of the Islamic faith, referred to as Sufism. Given the media coverage of Islam, it is not surprising that many people, all over the world, are wondering how it is that well over one billion Muslims can believe in and practice the religion of Islam: this book will provide a wonderfully clear and spiritually compelling answer.”

Reza Shah-Kazemi (Managing Editor, Encyclopaedia Islamica)

“Drawing on over one hundred different sources and classical texts, Peter Samsel has assembled a superb collection of Sufi sayings, anecdotes, aphorisms and poems, hadith and Qur’anic citations concerning divine Unity and the contemplative discipline of invocation of God (dhikr) in Sufism. The author’s own extremely original and insightful analysis of the doctrine of Unity in Sufism reveals the ecumenism at the heart of exoteric Muslim fideism.”

Leonard Lewisohn (Islamic Studies, University of Exeter)

“This remarkably wide-ranging volume can be read in two very different, yet complementary ways. First of all, Dr. Samsel has provided an inspiring and thought-provoking collection of spiritual wisdom and insights drawn from the Qur’an, hadith, and more than a hundred classical Sufi authors and teachers, together representing all the major genres of Islamic spiritual writing. Readers from every background will discover some familiar voices, such as Rumi’s poetry, alongside equally intriguing passages from figures who are less well known today, together offering a richly elaborate “bedside” treasury of meditations and guides to spiritual practice. At the same time, for more systematic readers, these beautiful (and bountiful) selected passages are presented here within a carefully elaborated metaphysical and philosophical framework that together may well provide the most intelligible, widely accessible, and persuasively articulated introduction to the classical Islamic theological tradition available today.”

James W. Morris (Islamic Studies, Boston College)

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