Women of Sufism

Author: Camille Adams Helminski
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828308
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The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity. Spanning the centuries, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, the selections are by or about an array of Sufi traditions in different parts of the world, from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to Europe and America—from beloved members of the Prophet's family to the mystic Rabi'a al-Adawiyya to the modern scholar Annemarie Schimmel. Biographical anecdotes and personal memoirs provide a glimpse into the experience of great saints and contemporary practitioners alike, while providing an introduction to the principles and practices of Sufism.

Women of Sufism

Author: Camille Adams Helminski
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9781570629679
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A selection of writings by female Islamic mystics unlocks a great treasure chest of writings by saints, scholars, poets, and modern-day practitioners of the Sufi way. Original.

My Soul is a Woman

Author: Annemarie Schimmel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780826414441
Format: PDF
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An internationally acclaimed scholar, who has dedicated more than fifty years of her life to understanding the Islamic world.Annemarie Schimmel examines a much-misunderstood feature of Islam: the role of women. Schimmel is critical of those--especially Western feminists--who take Islam to task without taking the time to comprehend the cultures, language, and traditions of the many societies in which Islam is the majority religion.Shattering stereotypes, Schimmel reconstructs an important but little-known chapter of Islamic spirituality. With copius examples, she shows the clear equality of women and meni nthe conception of the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, the feminine language of the mystical tradition, and the role of holy mothers and unmarried women as manifestations of God.This work is studded with luminous texts from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and particularly Indo-Muslim cultures, which reveal how physical love can give expression to the highest forms of mysticism.

Rumi and His Friends

Author: Shams al-Dīn Aḥmad Aflākī
Publisher: Fons Vitae
ISBN: 9781887752886
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Originally written by Ahmad Aflaki, a devoted follower of the grandson of Rumi, this translation relates anecdotes of the life of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, his father, wife, sons, and daughter and his relationship with Shams of Tabriz and other close companions and disciples. These stories are all based on the oral traditions of the early days of the founding of the Mevlevi Order and double as teaching stories that illuminate the way of the dervish. Spiritual seekers can benefit from this glimpse into the community surrounding Rumi and the wisdom conveyed through interactions with him. Many selections include beautiful passages from his poetry, and each selection is titled to assist in orienting the reader and enhancing comprehension of meaning.

Women of the Way

Author: Sallie Tisdale
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061980161
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In this groundbreaking work, Sallie Tisdale traces women Buddhist masters and teachers across continents and centuries, drawing upon historical, cultural, and Buddhist records to bring to life these narratives of ancestral Buddhist women.

First among Sufis

Author: Widad El Sakkakini
Publisher: Ishk Book Service
ISBN:
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Born in Basra in the eighth century of an impoverished family, orphaned and sold into slavery, Rabia al-Adawiyya rose to become one of the greatest Sufi teachers.

A Shi ite Anthology

Author: William C. Chittick
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780873955102
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Created by the Prophet Muhammad and his twelve Imams, the Hadith is an ancient and profoundly influential body of religious texts in Shi ite Muslim literature, second in importance only to the Holy Koran itself. Texts on the practical aspects of life and pure metaphysics are included in this first English translations of excerpts from the Hadith. Especially selected for the Western reader by the renowned Islamic scholar Tabataba'i, the passages from the Hadith shed light on the culture, history, law, and theology of the Shi'ite community and provide direct translations of some of the most famous of Islamic prayers."

Doorkeeper of the Heart

Author: Rābiʻah al-ʻAdawīyah
Publisher: Pir PressInc
ISBN: 9781879708204
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Rabia is the original Sufi poet-saint, a predecessor to Rumi. Her fiery verses & teaching stories are designed to challenge us, and incite illumination. --Pir Press.

In Search of the Hidden Treasure

Author: Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Publisher: Tarcher
ISBN:
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A collection of traditional Sufi wisdom combines oral teachings and lavish illustrations to convey the mystical side of Islam as depicted by a conference of Sufis who gather in a great hall to answer a seeker's questions, in a volume complemented by a glossary of terms and a list of Sufi Pir biographies.