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Sufism & Islamic mysticism

See below for a selection of the latest books from Sufism & Islamic mysticism category. Presented with a red border are the Sufism & Islamic mysticism books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sufism & Islamic mysticism books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Sufi Music and Popular Culture Songs of the Heart

Sufi Music and Popular Culture Songs of the Heart

This book examines the role of music in Sufi ritual and its wider impact on Islamic culture and society.

Seeker After Truth

Seeker After Truth

Author: Idries Shah Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2018

Seeker After Truth

Seeker After Truth

Author: Idries Shah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2018

The Door of Peace Pearls of Sufi Wisdom

The Door of Peace Pearls of Sufi Wisdom

Author: Naila Hayat Noon Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2018

For Love of the Real

For Love of the Real

Author: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2018

At the root of every mystical calling is the search for what is Real; this book follows this call, detailing the inner journey to Absolute Truth. Readers are guided through traditional experiences of the path - emptiness and the void, oneness, and communion with nature. Particular direction is given for how contemporary seekers can - and must - engage with challenges unique to our times, such as extreme materialism and ecological devastation. A pioneer in the subject of Spiritual Ecology Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee offers spiritual guidance on the vital need to restore a sacred connection to life and the environment. FOR LOVE OF THE REAL is a much needed in-depth exploration of the contribution spiritual life can make to our present environmental crisis. "e;Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's explanation in For Love of the Real of how to turn away from self-centeredness in the face of reality will appeal to readers who seek to lead a meaningful life."e;His Holiness the Dalai Lama"e;Its message speaks to people from many different traditions and backgrounds who aspire to lead lives of greater meaning, fulfillment, and depth."e;Acharya Judy Lief, Buddhist teacher, Naropa University; author, Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality"e;Just what we need within the context of our ordinary lives in this modern day and age (and) will support your spiritual practice both immediately and for as long as you keep it close to you."e;Ari Goldfield, Buddhist teacher, psychotherapist, author"e;A penetrating, heartfelt look into Absolute Reality."e;Lama Palden, Buddhist Teacher; Founder, Sukhasiddhi Foundation

Persian Mystics

Persian Mystics

Author: F. Hadland Davis Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

The Persian Mystics is an overview of Sufism, Persian mysticism and famous Persian writers. A table of contents is included.

Mesnevi

Mesnevi

Author: Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2018

TUM MESNEVI TEK CILTTE TOPLANDI [AcA klamalA Tam Metin] MESNEVI'NIN ANLAMI Mevlana'nA n bu eserinin adA na Divan siirinde bir nazA m bicimi olan mesnevinin adA verilmistir. Mesnevi Arap, Fars ve Divan edebiyatA nda kendi aralarA nda kafiyeli beyitlerden olusan aruzun kA sa kalA plarA ile yazA lan, uzun ask hikayelerini ve destanA msA konularA islemeye musait olan bir nazA m bicimidir. Mevlana eserini mesnevi nazA m bicimi ile yazmA s ve eserinde de bu adA vermistir. "e;Mesnevi"e; kelimesinin Arapcadaki manasA "e;ikiser ikiser"e; demektir. Edebiyatta; her beyti kendi arasA nda kafiyeli ve beyit sayA sA nA n sA nA rA olmadA gA icin uzun eserlerin yazA mA nda tercih edilen, hikayelerin sosyal hayatla ilgili konularA n, dini tasavvufi temalarA n, felsefi dusuncelerin, destan ve kA ssalarA n islenebildigi bu ture 'mesnevi' adA verilir. Mesnevi uzun yazA larA n yazA lmasA na elverisli olan ve divan siirinde en uzun nazA m bicimidir. Dibace: mesnevinin onsozudur. Manzum veya mensur olabilir. Mesnevi'nin ana konusu ise Tevhid'dir: Yani Allah'A n birligi ve butunlugu, Munacaat ise: Allah'a yalvarA s, Naat, peygambere ovgu gibi bolumler bulunur. MEVLANA'NIN MESNEVI'SI Mevlana 6. ciltten olusan ve "e;Birlik DukkanA "e; olarak tanA mladA gA bu eserini eserine Mesnevi adA nA vermistir. VI. cildin ikinci beytinde Husameddin Celebi'ye ithafen "e;HusamA name"e; olarak zikredilse de, hemen bir sonraki beyitte "e;Mesnevi"e;nin son cildi..."e; ibaresinde de belirtildigi gibi eserin ismine mesnevi denmistir. Mevlana, Mesnevi'sinin I. cildinin henuz basA nda "e;Bu kitap Mesnevi kitabA dA r..."e; diyerek eserinin ismini teyit etmektedir. Mesnevi'de Hint, Iran, Yunan, Roma mitolojisi; erenlerin kA ssalarA , asA k masallarA , halk hikayeleri, hatta ta Kellie ve Dimne'den gelme hikayeler, barA ndA ran bir eserdir. Mesnevi 25.632 beyitten olusan buyuk bir eserdir. Mevlana bu eserinde adeta "e;Kur'an-A Kerim'i hikayeler; kA ssalar ve deyimler aracA lA gA yla anlatmA stA r."e; 6 Ciltten olusan Mesnevi'deki hikayelerin biri anlatA lA rken digerine gecilmektedir. Bir hikaye baska bir hikayeyi baslatmakta bu ibretlik hikayeler yoluyla mesajlarA nA iletmektedir. Mevlana, tasavvufi fikir ve dusuncelerini, bu sekilde birbirine eklenmis hikayeler halinde anlatmA stA r. Mesnevi siir seklinde yazA lmA s olmasA na ragmen Mevlana, bir siir kitabA yazmaya gayret etmemis, eserinde kalA plara, kafiyelere veya siirsellige ozen gostermemistir. Mesnevi'yi siir soylemek amacA yla telif etmeyen Mevlana siir yazmaya calA smamA s, siir sanatA nA dusuncelerini anlatmak icin bir alet, bir arac olarak dusunmustur. Hatta Mevlana siiri kucumserken "e;MananA n siire sA gamayacagA nA , harfin layA kA yla manaya suret olamayacagA nA "e; belirtir. Siiri manayA tasvir eden suret olarak gormus... "e;Mesnevimiz Kur'an gibidir; bazA sA na dogru yolu gosterir, bazA sA nA da sapA klA ga goturur. Benim siirim siir degildir, iklimdir. Benim mizahlarA m mizah degildir, talimdir"e; diyerek Mesnevisini de bu anlayA s ile yazmA stA r. MESNEVI'NIN YAZILMA SEKLI Mevlana bu buyuk eseri dostlarA nA n istekleri sonucu yazdA rmaya baslamA stA r. Sems ve Selahaddin-i Zerkub'un ardA ndan halife sectigi Husameddin Celebi'nin A srarlarA ile yazA lmaya baslanmA stA r. Mevlana Mesnevi'yi soylemeye, Husameddin Celebi de yazmaya baslayarak Mesnevi olusmustur. Bunun uzerine Mevlana, sarA gA nA n icinden bir cuz cA kartA p, Celebi Husameddin'in eline verdi. Bunda Mesnevi'nin basA nda bulunan ILK ON SEKIZ BEYIT yazA lA dA r. Bu 18 beyit, Mesnevi'nin adeta ozeti gibidir. Mesnevinin yazA mA bu sekilde baslamA s, sabah-aksam, sema-sohbet, otururken-ayakta demeden soylenmis ve Husameddin Celebi tarafA ndan yazA lmA stA r. Her cilt tamamlandA ktan sonra Husameddin Celebi, yuksek sesle Mevlana'ya okumus, beyitleri birlikte gozden gecirerek duzeltmislerdir. Mevlana bu eserin yazA lmasA nda fedakarca hizmet eden sadA k dostunu; her cildinin on sozunde samimiyetle ovmustur. Hatta altA ncA cildin basA nda eserine HusamA name adA nA verdigini soyler. Boylece 1259-1268 tarihleri arasA nda tam 9 yA l aralA ksA z yazA lan Mesnevi altA ciltlik dev bir eser olur.

Living Knowledge in West African Islam

Living Knowledge in West African Islam

Author: Zachary Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/03/2018

Sacred Spaces and Transnational Networks in American Sufism Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Contemporary Shrine Cultures

Sacred Spaces and Transnational Networks in American Sufism Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Contemporary Shrine Cultures

Author: Merin Shobhana (Ithaca College, USA) Xavier Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

This book sheds light on the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship (BMF), one of North America's major Sufi movements, and one of the first to establish a Sufi shrine in the region. It provides the first comprehensive overview of the BMF, offering new insight into its historical development and practices, and charting its establishment in both the United States and Sri Lanka. Through ethnographic research, Sacred Spaces and Transnational Networks in American Sufism shows that the followers of Bawa in the United States and Sri Lanka share far more similarities in the relationships they formed with spaces, Bawa, and Sufism, than differences. This challenges the accepted conceptualization of Sufism in North America as having a distinct Americanness , and prompts scholars to re-consider how Sufism is developing in the modern American landscape, as well as globally. The book focuses on the transnational spaces and ritual activities of Bawa's communities, mapping parallel shrines and pilgrimages. It examines the roles of culture, religion, and gender and their impact on ritual embodiment, drawing attention to the global range of a Sufi community through engagement with its distinct Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian followers.

Refinement of Character Friday Discourses

Refinement of Character Friday Discourses

Author: Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2018