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History, Culture & Tradition of Islam

The Oxford History of Islam

by John L. Esposito (Editor)

Price: $34.96 Save: $14.99

Publishers Weekly, November 8, 1999:
A good introduction to Islamic history is hard to find, and readers interested in the world's second-largest religion can rejoice at finding this one....A particular virtue of the book is its extension of Islmaic history into the present day, with articles focusing on colonialism, American and European Muslims and 20th-century Islamic revivalism.

"Overall, an excellent--and unusually deep--coffee table book, on a much neglected subject." --Amazon Reviewer

Muhammad : His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
by Martin Lings

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The Islamic Quarterly:
'This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.' Dr. Victor Danner (Indiana University) 'An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject.' (The Spectator) 'Muhammad is a true work of art, as enthralling as the best novels with the difference that this is not fiction but fact.'

Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant : The Holiest Cities of Islam
by Kazuyoshi Nomachi, et al

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"This is a must for all Muslim families, and all curious non-Muslims. I've given this book as a gift a number of times." --Amazon reviewer

One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage

by Michael Wolfe (Editor)

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"One Thousand Roads to Mecca" collects significant works by deeply observant writers from the East and West over the last ten centuries into a historically, geographically, and ethnically diverse anthology of rich travel writing. --Ingram

Reliance of the Traveller :
The Classic Manual of
Islamic Sacred Law Umdat Al-Salik

by Ahmad Ibn Lulu Ibn Al-Naqib
Price: $29.95
"a must for anyone who wishes to learn about the laws and practices of Islam as understood by the traditional scholars of jurisprudence. It includes a biography for all the people mentioned in the text, appendices on various topics not necessarily restricted to the shafi'i madhhab. "-Amazon Reviewer

Tales of the Prophets (Qisas Al-Anbiya)

by Muhammad Ibn Abd Allah Kisai

Price: $49.95
W. Thackston: One of the best-loved versions of the prophetic tales is the Tales of the Prophets offered in this English translation and composed by a certain al-Kisai, the date of which is highly uncertain, although the prevalent opinion is that it must have been written not long before 1200. It was shortly thereafter translated into Persian by Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Dayduzami.

The Illuminated Prayer : The Five-Times Prayer of the Sufis
by Coleman Barks, Michael Green

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"Hafiz sings, 'Prayer can make God a helpless young girl in love, who will then use all of His magnificent power and charm to kiss you.' This book is a wine cellar... nope, I take that back... it's the whole Sonoma county, and such a remarkable landscape will indeed warm God's lips!" --Daniel Ladinsky, translator of: The Gift, Poems by Hafiz
About the Author: Coleman Barks published his first book of poetry, The Juice, in 1972. From the late seventies to the present time, he has been known for his translations of the thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. He has published versions of other mystical poets as well as his own poetry, and he has collaborated with a variety of artists, dancers, and musicians in the presentation of his material. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Georgia

Sufi Saints

First Among Sufis: The Life and Thought of Rabia al-Adawiyya

by Widad El Sakkakini,
Introduction by Doris Lessing

Price: $30.00
Unfortunatly, much is lost, forgotten, or unknown about this (words can not describe her!) angelic woman. She is the woman who men make dua' to marry, the presence women would pray to be surrounded by, and the ruh (soul) many of us beg Allah to have. She is by her name Rabia'. This book gives insight to the much forgotten and unknown woman. Her childhood, her travels, and her spiritual accent. She to me is the ibn alArabi of female devotees. The book gives us a biography of her life and her experiences, but it is difficult to know if it is correct or not, considering the author admits to the false claims of her life that have been recorded. Perhaps she is better to be in the hearts of those who actually knew her, or who make dua' for her. It would be a pitty to know so much about her, and yet not follow her example. She was never satisfied with her worship, or tauba, and this book explains storys that carry on the tales of Rabia. May Allah bless her, and be pleased with her! --Amazon Reviewer


by Louis Massignon, Herbert Mason

Price: $25.00

Abridged from the four-volume The Passion of al-Hallaj, one of the major works of Western orientalism, this book explores the life and teaching of a famous 10th-century Sufi mystic and martyr, describing not only his experience but also the whole milieu of early Islamic civilization. Halftone illustrations.

"I have read much of the original series that this book comes from, and taken a class by the author. Mason is a brilliant scholar and has done an excellent job of bringing to life the writings of one of the most important and fascinating of the sufi mystics."--Amazon Reviewer

Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-Nine
Beautiful Names of God

trans. by David Burrell & Nazih Daher

Price: $39.95
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) theologian, logician, jurist and mystic, spent much of his life lecturing at Baghdad or leading the life of a wandering dervish. Because of his success in revealing the compatibility of the outward forms of religion with the inner experiences of Sufi tradition, he is regarded as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam.

Umar Ibn Al-Farid:
Sufi Verse, Saintly Life

by Homerin Dr. Thomas Emil, et al

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From Library Journal: The latest volume in this series by Paulist Press is Western in only the broadest sense but valuable nevertheless in its contribution to the growing body of Sufi primary texts in English. "The Wine Ode" and "Poem of the Sufi Way," al-Farid's major works, combine the rigors of Arabic poetry with Sufi insights, and they are well presented by scholar Homerin. Highly recommended.

Early Islamic Mysticism : Sufi, Quran, Miraj, Poetic and Theological Writings

edited by Michael Anthony

Price: $34.95
This volume, compiled and translated by Michael Sells, is really an excellent resource for those of us who are interested in early Sufism. Sells has compiled a very useful collection of extracts from early Sufi writings. I was surprised to know that writings of Junaid apparently even still exist (and this book includes some of those writings)!--Amazon Reviewer

Tales of the Dervishes : Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters over the Past Thousand Years

by Idries Shah

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"... challenges our intellectual assumptions at almost every point."--The Observer
"... meaning and depth on several levels ... will be enjoyed by a spectrum of readers from the teenager to the scholar." --Library Journal, September 1, 1969

Philosophy of Sufism

The Way of the Sufi

by Idries Shah

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"I wish I could have the experience of reading this book again for the first time ..." --Doris Lessing, The New York Times Book Review, May 7, 1971

"Your medicine is in you, and you do not observe it.
Your ailment is from yourself, and you do not register it."--Hazrat Ali

Principles of Sufism

by Dr. Seyedeh Nahid Angha
Editor of Sufism, An Inquiry!

Price: $12.95
A simple introduction to the mystical branch of Islam called Sufism. Written for the general reader who has no prior knowledge of the subject, the book explains the twelve principles of Sufism, namely tark (abandonment), tubeh (repentance), tugha (virtue and abstinence), sabr (patience), sedgh (truthfulness), safa (purity), vud (love), verd (remembrance), vafa'a (loyalty), fard (isolation), faghr (poverty)and fana (annihilation), in a non-technical, easy to understand style.

What Is Sufism?

by Martin Lings

Price: $19.50

Review of Books and Religion
'The discussion of Sufi aims, psychology, doctrine and method is original (many previously untranslated texts are cited), sensitive and readable. The mood of Sufism is conveyed here with a clarity that is rare, even unique, yet it is done in a responsible, non-proselytizing manner.'

Sufi Essays

by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Price: $16.95
The author combines his research into Sufi doctrine and history with a rich account of the spiritual and metaphysical significance of Sufism
After receiving his early education in Iran, Seyyed Hossein Nasr came to America where he studied physics, the history of science and philosophy at MIT and Harvard from which he received his doctorate. He is presently University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University.

Alone with the Alone

by Henry Corbin

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Ingram: Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240) was one of the great mystics of all time. Through the richness of his personal experience and the constructive power of his intellect, he made a unique contribution to Shi'ite Sufism. Here Islamic religion scholar Henry Corbin relates Islamic mysticism to mystical thought in the West, comparing Shakespeare's cosmology in such works as HAMLET and THE TEMPEST to the Sufi's imaginal "place of souls". 5 plates, 2 in color.

Essential Sufism

by James Fadiman (Editor), et al;
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The Mystics of Islam are called Sufis. Sufism is about love, devotion and knowledge. I love the quote, "We can find within ourselves all that we want and need." This is a fascinating book about Sufism. It is a pleasure to read and the wisdom can only be embraced willingly and joyfully.--Amazon Reviewer

The Shambhala Guide to Sufism

by Carl W. Ernst

Price: $15.16
Save: $3.79 It's difficult to find a more meticulous introduction to Sufism than the Shambhala Guide. Professor of Islamic studies Carl W. Ernst shows us the many facets of Sufism, from the time of Mohammad to contemporary Sufic leaders. Ernst also provides critical background for poetry, music, and dance that is difficult to find in the many Sufi literary anthologies.

Sufi Orders

The Sufi Orders in Islam

by J. Spencer Trimingham

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Ingram: Sufism, the name given to Islamic mysticism, has been the subject of many studies, but the orders through the organizational aspect of the Sufi spirit was expressed has been neglected. This book, one of the earliest modern examinations of the historical developments of Sufism, offers a clear and detailed account of the Sufi schools and orders, from the second century of Islam to modern times.

Islamic Law

Encyclopedia of Islamic Law:
A Compendium of the Major Schools

by Laleh Bakhtiar, Kevin Reinhart

Price: $39.95
Professor Kevin Reinhart: This work covers the scope of Islamic law and the range of positions available within it.The goal has been to point out the obvious, yet often-ignored fact of both the unity and diversity of Islamic legal thought, and specifically that the divergence between the Jafari and the Shafii, Hanbali, Maliki and Hanafi is no greater than that among the Shafii, Hanbali, Maliki and Hanafi schools.

Art of Islam

The Art and Architecture of Islam:
650-1250 (Pelican History of Art)

by Richard Ettinghausen & Oleg Grabar

Price: $30.00
This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India.


A Thousand Years of Persian Rubaiyat : An Anthology of Quatrains from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century Along With the Original Persian

translated by Reza Saberi

Price: $34.00
If you have any interest in Persian literature at all, you must get this book. Among other things, it contains excellent translations of the "Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam" (The Ferughi edition). But there are ALSO rubi'iyat from Hafez, Rumi, and many other poets. It's a fantastic collection of poetry AND the Farsi and English (both meticulously edited and presented) are together on the same page! This is a REALLY good book! Highest recommendation!! --Amazon Reviewer

Poetry of Attar

The Speech of the Birds

by Faridu'd-Din Attar

translated by Peter Avery
Price: $39.95
A masterpieces of Persian literature of which a complete and annotated translation into English is here presented for the first time as The Speech of the Birds. The text revolves around the decision of the birds of the world to seek out a king. Their debilitating doubts and fears, the knowing counsel of their leader Hoopoe, and their choice of the Simurgh as a king, is in reality an allegory of the spiritual path of Sufism with its demands, its hazards and its infinite rewards. The poems contain many admonitory anecdotes and exemplary stories, including numerous references to some of the early Muslim mystics such as Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya, Abu Sa'id ibn Abi'l-Khair, Mansur al-Hallaj and Shibli, among others. In The Speech of the Birds, Peter Avery has not only given us a precise and moving translation, but also ample annotation providing much information to fill in what 'Attar would have expected his readers to know. The result is a fascinating insight into a remarkable aspect of Islam: the world of ecstatic love of the Persian mystics. The Speech of the Birds will be of interest to everyone who values great literature, as well as to all students of Persian and Sufism.

Poetry of Saadi

The Rose Garden (Gulistan) of Saadi

translated by Omar Ali-Shah

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"Simple but yet grounded in substance and wisdom. Saadi breathes the jist of his life and the truth he has experienced into short stories that take much longer "to get" (interpet/understand) then to finish."--Amazon Reviewer

Poetry of Rumi

Rumi and the Path of Love
by Jalal Al-Din Rumi

trans. by Kabir and Camille Helminski

Price: $24.95
"Fabulous! Astounding! Super! A very uniquely packaged book. In short - you will be intoxicated reading this. I've loved Rumi poetry for a long long time and this is one of the best books I've seen. Poetry doesn't get any better than this. I get drunk reading Rumi's poetry every night. If you wanna get high - this is the stuff to get high on!"--Amazon Reviewer

Crazy As We Are : Selected Rubais
from Divan-Kebir by Jalal Al-Din Rumi,

translated by Dr. Nevit O. Ergin

Price: $8.95 Save: $1.00
"I found this slim little volume years ago and was so moved by it that I felt compelled to write to . . . Dr. Ergin, an American surgeon, also Turkish Sufi, his religion is the center of his life. . . He fully understands and experiences the spirit of Rumi and makes the ancient verses come alive in the most direct, unadorned way. I hope you treasure this book as I do."--Amazon Reviewer

Mystical Poems of Rumi;
First Selection, Poems 1-200

translated by A.J.Arberry

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"This 2 volume set of translations by Arberry and the translations by Nicholson are the best readily available. Numerous "renderings" by popular writers littering the bookstores fail to even touch the depth and layers of meaning to be found in Rumi. These are works of spiritual power brought to life for the english reader by a scholar in the language and history of the Sufi traditions. If you want the real thing, this is it."

Mystical Poems of Rumi;
Second Selection, Poems 201-400

translated by A.J.Arberry

Price: $10.40 Save: $2.60
"This 2 volume set of translations by Arberry and the translations by Nicholson are the best readily available. Numerous "renderings" by popular writers littering the bookstores fail to even touch the depth and layers of meaning to be found in Rumi. These are works of spiritual power brought to life for the english reader by a scholar in the language and history of the Sufi traditions. If you want the real thing, this is it."

The Essential Rumi

by Coleman Barks (Translator)

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Publishers Weekly: "In this . . . delightful treasury, Barks sparklingly demonstrates once again why his free-form interpretations of [Rumi's] poetry . . . have been a major impetus for the current Rumi vogue."

Hush, Don't Say Anything to God :
Passionate Poems of Rumi

by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Shahram Shiva

Price: $12.95
From Kirkus Reviews: ". . .nearly a hundred poems by the 13th- century Sufi mystic whose work has undergone an immense revival . . . Best known for his love poetry, Rumi was actually a theologian, and most of his verse is explicitly religious in both tone and content, also heavily mystical. Iranian-born translator Shivas introduction is concise and helpful"

Poetry of Hafez

The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez: Teachings of the Philosopher of Love

by Haleh Pourafzal, Roger Montgomery

Price: $16.80 Save: $7.20
A Persian Journal of Iranian Studies: The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez is an excellent book and a must read for all, especially for young people who are not proficient in the Farsi language. . . [The book] yields a purity of content absent from other translations, perhaps because Haleh Pourafzal is a learned Iranian who understands Hafez from an Iranian cultural perspective

In Wineseller's Street:
Rendering of Hafez

translated by Thomas Rain Crowe

Price: $12.95

Thomas Rain Crowe is a poet, translator, essayist, editor, and author of six book of original poetry. In Wineseller's Street we are treated to the best of his literary sensitivity and language skills in presenting the poetic Hafez showcased within the traditions of Sufism and Persian literature rended up for an English speaking readership. 67: O rich man, I have come from Paradise to bring you some happy news!/Amidst my sweet songs, my raucous jokes, and my beautiful stories/That will soothe your heart, there is also the truth./I say, "This mansion is really a dwelling for the poor./Put on a feast that costs you everything you have, in honor of/the real King of Wealth. And give it all away!"--Amazon Reviewer

I Heard God Laughing:
Renderings of Hafiz

translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Price: $11.20
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The author, Daniel Ladinsky: "Good poetry makes the Universe admit a secret..." --Hafiz. For centuries Hafiz has been called, "The Tongue of the Invisible." Through his works he continues to sing beautiful and wild love songs to this world from God.

The Hafez Poems of Gertrude Bell

With the Original Persian on the Facing Page

Price: $12.76
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Book Description by Amazon:
"the finest & most truly poetical renderings"