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Sufism / Islam

The boundary between Islam and the mystical tradition of Sufism is notoriously hard to draw, and Sufism itself is nearly impossible to define—as any scholar of it will tell you. So we’ve decided not to worry about it, but simply to share some of its more wonderful expressions: its teachings, its philosophy, its music, and especially its sublime and thrilling poetry.

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  1. Open Secret
  2. Signs of the Unseen
  3. Awakened Dreams

    Awakened Dreams

    Raji's Journey with the Mirror Dede

    • by
    • Ahmet Hilmi
    Awakened Dreams was written in the early 1900s at the end of the Ottoman era by Ahmet Hilmi—humorist, revolutionary, and Sufi mystic. Raji—a young man disillusioned with science, philosophy, religion, and with life as he knows it—meets a grandfather-like "madman" who lives in a cemetery and wears clothes patched with bits of mirrors. The Mirror Dede, though apparently mad, makes more sense than anyone Raji has ever… Read More

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  4. The Drop That Became the Sea

    The Drop That Became the Sea

    Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre

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    • Yunus Emre
    This collection of poems introduces a general readership to Yunus Emre (1240-1321), called the "greatest folk poet in Islam." An unlettered Turkish shepherd who sang mystical songs that are still popular today, he was the first in a great tradition of Turkish Sufi troubadours who celebrated the Divine Presence as the intimate Beloved and Friend. Yunus's verse conveys the spirit and philosophy of Islamic mysticism… Read More

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  5. Forty Days

    Forty Days

    The Diary of a Traditional Solitary Sufi Retreat

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    • Michaela M. Ozelsel
    This is a woman's firsthand account of a Sufi halvet, a forty-day retreat conducted in complete isolation, along with strict fasting from sunrise to sundown. Voluntarily confined to a sparsely furnished room amid the bustle of Istanbul, Michaela Özelsel will occupy her time with reading the Qur'an and works of Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and with praying and practicing the powerful Sufi exercise known as zhikr, the rhythmic… Read More

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  6. Teachings of Rumi

    Teachings of Rumi

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    • Andrew Harvey
    Jelalludin Rumi (1207-1273) led the quiet life of an Islamic teacher in the central Anatolia (modern Turkey) until the age of thirty-seven, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabriz—through whom he encountered the Divine Presence in a way that utterly transformed him. The result of this epiphany was the greatest body of mystical poetry the world has ever seen, and the establishment of a spiritual movement that would… Read More

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  7. The Knowing Heart

    The Knowing Heart

    A Sufi Path of Transformation

    • by
    • Kabir Helminski
    As human beings we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The "knowing heart" is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated. In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of… Read More

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  8. The Heart of Sufism

    The Heart of Sufism

    Essential Writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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    • Hazrat Inayat Khan
    The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) was the very first teacher to bring Sufism to the Western world. This is the first representative collection of the master's teachings – making it the perfect book for anyone who has been intrigued by his writings but unsure about where to start in his sixteen-volume collected works. Newcomers will be inspired by just how delightful and useful Inayat Khan's teachings are… Read More

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  9. The Shambhala Guide to Sufism

    The Shambhala Guide to Sufism

    • by
    • Carl W. Ernst
    The soaring voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the ecstatic dance of the Whirling Dervishes, the rapturous verse of Jalaluddin Rumi—all are expressions of Sufism, often regarded as the mystical tradition of Islam. Who are the Sufis? They are more than mystics; they are empowered by the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad. They are guided by saints and masters. They belong to orders ranging from North Africa and Turkey to… Read More

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  10. The Inner Life

    The Inner Life

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    • Hazrat Inayat Khan
    The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927) was the first teacher to bring Sufism—Islamic mysticism—to the Western world. His teaching was noted for its stirring beauty and power, as well as for its applicability to all people, regardless of religious or philosophical background. This book gathers together three of Inayat Khan's most beloved essays on the spiritual life from among the fourteen volumes of his collected works.… Read More

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