Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century Shaikh Ahmad Al-Alawi

ISBN-10: 0946621500
ISBN-13: 9780946621507
Edition: 3rd 1993
Authors: Martin Lings
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Islamic Texts Society
Publication date: 12/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

'Almost a prerequisite for any serious study of Sufism in European languages': this was the verdict of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in his review of the first edition of the book. According to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, it is 'one of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar'. Certainly there is nothing second-hand about it. The author lets Sufis speak for themselves and, in a series of unusual and absorbing texts mainly translated from Arabic, he gives a vivid picture of life in a North African Sufi order. Against this background stands the unforgettable figure of the Algerian Shaikh who was head of the order from 1909 until his death in 1934. The last few chapters are mainly devoted to his writings, which include some penetrating aphorisms, and which end with a small anthology of his remarkable mystic poems.

The Path and the Order
Seen from Outside
The Origins of Sufism
Seen from Within
The Spiritual Master
The Doctrine
Oneness of being
The Three Worlds
The Symbolism of the Letters of the Alphabet
The Great Peace
Gnosis
The Ritual Purification
The Ritual Prayer
Further Dimensions
Selections from his Aphorisms
Selections from his Poetry
List of his Writings
The Spiritual Chain

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