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The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi
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Sufi Doctrine of Rumi, The: Illustrated Edition
Sufi Doctrine of Rumi, The: Illustrated Edition
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Subjects(s): 
Comparative Religion
Islam
Poetry
Sufism
Tradition

Price:  $18.95

ISBN:  0-941532-88-7
Book Size:  8" × 10"
# of Pages:  120 with full-color illustrations
Language:  English



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This is a short, richly illustrated book on the thought behind the great Sufi poet's mystical words.

There are now countless books of Rumi’s poetry available in English translation, and he has become one of America’s favorite poets. There are, however, almost no authoritative books readily available for the general reader that provide in clear and accessible language an introduction to the underlying spiritual perspective illuminating Rumi’s magical poetry. In this beautifully illustrated work, William C. Chittick, a leading scholar of Sufism and Rumi, opens doors that give us access to the inner sanctum of Rumi’s esoteric, and Sufi, thought. The foreword is by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

  ForeWord Book of the Year Award Bronze Medal for “Religion”  

  Silver Midwest Book Award for "Religion/Philosophy”  
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Detailed Description of The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi

There are now countless books of Rumi’s poetry available in English translation, and he has become one of America’s favorite poets. There are, however, almost no authoritative books readily available for the general reader that provide in clear and accessible language an introduction to the underlying spiritual perspective illuminating Rumi’s magical poetry. In this beautifully illustrated work, William C. Chittick, a leading scholar of Sufism and Rumi, opens doors that give us access to the inner sanctum of Rumi’s thought. It is one thing to appreciate the intoxicating words of Rumi’s poetry—it is another thing to try to understand the incredibly profound ideas behind them. This book is an excellent starting point in that very rewarding quest.

The foreword is by noted scholar, educator, and writer on Islam and Sufism, Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

  ForeWord Book of the Year Award Bronze Medal for “Religion”  

  Silver Midwest Book Award for "Religion/Philosophy”  


About the Author(s)

William Chittick

William C. Chittick is one of the most important contemporary translators and interpreters of Islamic mystical texts and poetry. He is a professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Among his publications are The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (1983), The Psalms of Islam (1988), The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-`Arabî's Cosmology (1998), Sufism: A Short Introduction (2000), and The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal al-Dîn Kâshânî (2001). World Wisdom titles featuring Dr. Chittick:

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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 The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi

 

“With every part of every page resplendent with Islamic calligraphies, tapestries and evocative paintings, The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi … embodies the magnificence, coherence, and immense beauty of which Rumi was a living candle.”

Banyen Books and Sound



"This study of Dr. Chittick has the great merit… of approaching the subject [of Rûmî’s metaphysical doctrines] from a strictly traditional point of view untainted by the modernistic fallacies which have colored most of the other studies devoted so far to this subject in Western languages.…[Rûmî ] remains to this day a strong living influence in Persian and Turkish cultures and is now becoming a source of spiritual nourishment for seekers the world over. May the message of Rûmî serve as a beacon of light to dispel the shadows which prevent modern man from seeing even his own image in its true form and from knowing who he really is."

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (from the foreword), scholar, educator, and author of many books on Islam and Sufism, including The Heart of Islam : Enduring Values for Humanity and Rumi and the Sufi tradition



"The immense popularity of Rumi's poetry in 21st century America shows that his message is one which transcends both time and space. William Chittick addresses with admirable succinctness the fundamental themes of this message, both in its own terms, and with continuous reference to the school of sophia perennis. The result is a deeply satisfying discourse on Rumi's poetry from a point of view that is faithful to the universality of its essential content."

Reza Shah-Kazemi, scholar and author on Islam and Sufism



"The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi represents…William Chittick’s lifelong scholarly and spiritual dedication to Rumi’s work. Given its concision, clarity and focus on the essentials, this little book can also be considered as a very good and widely accessible introduction to the Sufi worldview in general. In this precious volume, the beauty of Rumi’s path and teachings is skillfully suggested by a combination of limpid quotations, cogent commentaries and exquisite illustrations, including calligraphies and miniatures."

Patrick Laude, scholar, and author of Singing the Way: Insights into Poetry & Spiritual Transformation and Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings (co-authored with Jean-Baptiste Aymard)



"In this beautifully illustrated work, William Chittick, a leading scholar of Sufism and Rumi, provides a clear and accessible introduction to the underlying spiritual perspective illuminating Rumi's magical poetry."

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"This book is recommended for its beautiful presentation and insightful content that delineates both the fundamentals of Sufi doctrine and Mawlānā Rūmi's teachings on Sufism and Islam. It is a welcome addition to works on Rūmi being published in America today in that it rectifies many errors, simplifications and problems common in works on Rūmi and his teachings. Its handsome design also offers an alternative to other illustrated works on Rūmi that are rife with New Age connotations that severely compromise the teachings of Rūmi. The book is to be commended on its delicate balance of intellectuality, spirituality, and aesthetics, which together make a delightful combination. All in all, it is an excellent introduction to a sage whose universal message is as timely today as when it was first enunciated."

from a review in Islamic Studies (Winter, 2005)
 



Table of Contents for The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi

Introduction
I. Sufism and Islam
II. God and the World: “The Infinitude of the
All-Possible”
III. The Nature of Man
1. Universal Man
2. The Fall
3. The Trust
IV. Operative Sufism
1. Union with God
2. The Nafs
3. Knowledge and Method
4. The Limitations of Rational Knowledge
Biographical Notes
Index


Excerpts from The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi

“…this peerless Sufi poet and sage is now well known in the English-speaking world. He is in fact one of the most popular poets these days in America. But most of the studies devoted to him in Western languages have been concerned with literary and historical aspects of his works and only occasionally with an analysis of the symbolism of his language or the inner meaning of his tales and narratives. Rarely has there been a study of his metaphysical teachings in a succinct and penetrating manner. It is true that Rûmî did not write direct metaphysical expositions as did an Ibn ‘Arabî or Sadr al-Dîn Qunyawî. But Jalâl al-Dîn was a metaphysician of the fi rst order and dealt with nearly every gnostic and metaphysical question, but often in the form of parables, narratives, or other forms of literary devices and poetic symbols. To understand his metaphysical doctrines, it is necessary to delve into the Mathnawî and the Dîwân as well as the Fîhi mâ fîhi in depth and to extract those passages which bear directly upon metaphysics."

- Seyyed Hossein Nasr, from the foreword


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