Sign In . Don't have a World Wisdom ID? Sign Up

   Limit Search to: Advanced Search













Sufism
This site includes Sufism’s pictures, online articles, slideshows, excerpts, reviews, table of contents, and more.
Sufism: Veil and Quintessence A New Translation with Selected Letters
Sufism: Veil and Quintessence A New Translation with Selected Letters
Click cover for larger image.
Author(s): 
Subjects(s): 
Comparative Religion
Sufism

Price:  $19.95

ISBN:  1-933316-28-4
Book Size:  6 x 9
# of Pages:  208
Language:  English



Description
This new edition of perennial philosopher Frithjof Schuon's Sufism: Veil and Quintessence is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon's letters and other private writings. In seven articles Schuon makes the critical distinction between an "absolute" Islam and a "contingent" Islam, thus distinguishing between the message of Islam in itself, and the pious Arab expressions of that message, which by their style of rhetoric have a tendency to veil it.
More Information


Detailed Description
About the Author
Read Reviews
Table of Contents
Excerpts
Selections from our Library
Slideshows
Quantity:  

eBook editions
Click on one of the sites below
to view or purchase an eBook







You may also be interested in




Page: 1 of 20

Detailed Description of Sufism

This new edition of perennial philosopher Frithjof Schuon’s Sufism: Veil and Quintessence is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings. In seven articles Schuon makes the critical distinction between an “absolute” Islam and a “contingent” Islam, thus distinguishing between the message of Islam in itself, and the pious Arab expressions of that message, which by their style of rhetoric have a tendency to veil it.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Editor’s Preface
Preface
Ellipsis and Hyperbolism in Arab Rhetoric
The Exo-Esoteric Symbiosis
Paradoxes of an Esoterism
Human Premises of a Religious Dilemma
Tracing the Notion of Philosophy
The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam
Hypostatic Dimensions of Unity
Appendix
Selections from Letters and Other Previously
Unpublished Writings
Editor’s Notes
Glossary of Foreign Terms and Phrases
Biographical Notes
Index


An excellent summary is this review of the book by the distinguished scholar of Sufism, Seyyed Hossein Nasr:

"In his Sufism: Veil and Quintessence, which is a unique work in the annals of Sufism, [Schuon] has penetrated into the writings of even the greatest masters of Sufism such as al-Ghazzali and Ibn Arabi to reveal within them a quintessential Sufism based on Unity (al-tawhid) and invocation of the Divine Name (al-dhikr) to be distinguished from a more peripheral manifestation of Sufism which displays certain characteristics most difficult for Westerners with the best of intentions to comprehend. In writing with incomparable lucidity and depth about Divine Unity, the esoteric meaning of the Quran, the spirituality of the Prophet, the early saints of Islam, the inner life of prayer, the theophanies to be contemplated in virgin nature and art, the alchemical effect of love, poetry, and music, Schuon has produced a corpus of writings on Sufism which are themselves among the most important and precious works of Sufism."

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University, and author of many books and articles on Sufism, Islam, and Tradition



About the Author(s)

Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is best known as the foremost spokesman of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. He wrote more than two dozen books on metaphysical, spiritual, artistic, and ethnic themes and was a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon’s writings have been consistently featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities. Besides his prose writings, Schuon was also a prolific poet (see a listing of Schuon's poetry books) and a gifted painter of images that always portrayed the beauty and power of the divine, and the nobility and virtue of primordial humanity.

World Wisdom features a series titled "The Writings of Frithjof Schuon", which includes many new editions of classic books by Schuon in new translations and with additional materials. Our online Library contains many articles and poems written by Frithjof Schuon, allowing readers to see a representative sample of his remarkable body of work.

Click here for more information

James Cutsinger

James S. Cutsinger is an author, editor, and teacher whose writings focus primarily on Perennialism and the theology and spirituality of the Christian East. He is professor of Theology and Religious Thought at the University of South Carolina. Prof. Cutsinger has edited a series of new editions of books by Frithjof Schuon (click here to see the list of books). His other contributions to World Wisdom's books include:
Editor of:   Contributed:
 

Click here for more information

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.
Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr's work is found in the following selected World Wisdom books:
         

See additional World Wisdom listings (More).


Click here for more information



Reviews of Sufism

"In his Sufism: Veil and Quintessence, which is a unique work in the annals of Sufism, [Schuon] has penetrated into the writings of even the greatest masters of Sufism such as al-Ghazzali and Ibn Arabi to reveal within them a quintessential Sufism based on Unity (al-tawhid) and invocation of the Divine Name (al-dhikr) to be distinguished from a more peripheral manifestation of Sufism which displays certain characteristics most difficult for Westerners with the best of intentions to comprehend. In writing with incomparable lucidity and depth about Divine Unity, the esoteric meaning of the Quran, the spirituality of the Prophet, the early saints of Islam, the inner life of prayer, the theophanies to be contemplated in virgin nature and art, the alchemical effect of love, poetry, and music, Schuon has produced a corpus of writings on Sufism which are themselves among the most important and precious works of Sufism."

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University, and author of many books and articles on Sufism, Islam, and Tradition



"The chapter entitled 'The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam' is a most powerful and, in a deep sense, definitive summary of this subject."

Titus Burckhardt, scholar and author of An Introduction to Sufi Doctrine



"Now in a revised and expanded edition, Sufism: Veil and Quintessence: A New Translation with Selected Letters presents a new translation from the original French of the classic theological work by philosopher Frithjof Schuon. Composed of seven articles including "Ellipsis and Hyperbolism in Arab Rhetoric" and "The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam", Sufism: Veil and Quintessence presents Schuon's crucial distinction between an "absolute" Islam and a "contingent" Islam, examining differences between the message of Islam itself and the pious Arab expressions of that message, which tend to be veiled beneath rhetorical style. Featuring an extensive appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon's letters and private writings, Sufism: Veil and Quintessence is an invaluable classic philosophical treatise, recommended for libraries, religious studies shelves and advanced students and theologians seeking to explore the higher aspects of Sufism."

Midwest Book Review 



Table of Contents for Sufism

Editors' Preface
Preface to the Original Edition
Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Ellipsis and Hyperbolism in Arab Rhetoric
The Exo-Esoteric Symbiosis
Paradoxes of an Esoterism
Human Premises of a Religious Dilemma
Tracing the Notion of Philosophy
The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam
Hypostatic Dimensions of Unity
Appendix
Selections from Letters and Other Previously Unpublished Writings
Editor’s Notes
Glossary of Foreign Terms and Phrases
Index
Biographical Notes


Excerpts from Sufism

"This book has a place of honor in this genre of literature. It is not only a book about Sufism, but also a Sufi book. Moreover, it is a unique work in that it peals away layer by layer contingent elements and draws aside the many veils that have conditioned and colored the exposition and practice of Sufism and also hidden its essence to one degree or another, leaving the reader at last with a vision of the naked truth of quintessential Sufism.

We must all be grateful to Professor James Cutsinger for the new edition of this work which includes his own helpful notes and to which many valuable unpublished letters and texts, not included in the original edition, have been added, and to World Wisdom for publishing the work and making it available once again."
—from the foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr


Selection from our Library about Sufism
 TitleSourceAuthor 1Author 2Subject WW HTMLWW PDFExternal Link
The Quintessential Esoterism of IslamSufism Veil and Quintessence: A New Translation with Selected by LettersSchuon, Frithjof Islam
 1 entries (Displaying results 1 - 1) View : Jump to: Page: of 1 pages
Loading...


Slideshows about Sufism




Home | Books | DVDs | Authors | eProducts | Members | Slideshows | Library | Image-Gallery | Links | About Us | Sitemap





Privacy Statement
Copyright © 2008