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What is Sufism?

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Martin Lings provides an excellent and authoritative introduction to the mystical movement of the Sufis based on his lifelong interest in Islamic culture. His explanation derives from a profound understanding of Sufism, and extends to many aspects which are usually neglected. His illuminating answer to 'What is Sufism?' gives a taste of the very subject matter itself. What ...more
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Published December 1st 1999 by Islamic Texts Society (first published 1975)
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Tim
Dec 02, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
If it wasn't for Sufism I wouldn't be a Muslim, and in my mind, it misses the point to think of any religion without it's own form of "Sufism". Sufism in Islam is quite simply the esoteric part of the faith, and an exoteric without an esoteric is a shell with no substance. This is a rather short work, but a perfect concise statement on the essentials of Sufism, including a list of essential Sufis and their respective works.
Joseph Lumbard
Aug 24, 2012 Joseph Lumbard rated it it was amazing
This is the most eloquent introduction to Sufism in any European language. Nonetheless, it is a somewhat difficult book to read. Those who are not already inclined to spiritual matters will find this a difficult read. Some aspects of the book also require some knowledge of Islam in order to penetrate them more completely. Still, anyone who is genuinely interested in Sufism should read this book.
Ahmed Kareem
Sep 16, 2016 Ahmed Kareem rated it liked it
ما الصوفية كتاب لـ مارتن لانج
وكما واضح من العنوان يتحدث عن الصوفية وما هي بصورة مختصرة ومكثفة
كذلك تنقسم الفصول حول تاريخ التصوف وتفسريتها من القرأن الكريم
وبعدها يتحدث حول الرسول وما الى ذلك ويستعرض كذلك التصوف عبر عصورها
وفي النهاية يذكر اهم علماء الدين الصوفيين مثل شيخ عبد القادر والغزالي وجلال الدين وغيرهم الكثير
Hoda Marmar
Aug 13, 2016 Hoda Marmar rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Hoda by: Nabil
This book was quite valuable for my World Religions class project about Sufism. I cannot think my friend enough for lending me this book. It is not your average non-fiction book. This is a beautifully written book, that compiled rich information in an accessible manner. the writing style is SO BEAUTIFUL. I have consulted Titus Burckhardt's 'Introduction to Sufi Doctrine', and although his book is quite rich with information and methodical; yet the style isn't as 'magical' as Lings'.
I highly reco
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Hanan Kat
Sep 24, 2015 Hanan Kat rated it really liked it
Very concise and helpful introduction to sufism
Shaimaa Ali
Apr 29, 2015 Shaimaa Ali rated it really liked it
مقدمة مختصرة ومكثفة جداً عن الصوفية .. وتاريخ التصوف
Nagena
Jul 17, 2007 Nagena rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
good intro
Farrah
Sep 05, 2010 Farrah added it
best guide to SUFI Making and practice to Ziker
Johannes
Jan 01, 2017 Johannes rated it really liked it
I've always liked the poetry of Rumi, but so many of his metaphors were beyond me. This not-very-basic explanation of Sufism gave me some insight to the notions of paradisiacal sobriety and drunkenness within the Sufi spiritual tradition.
Erin
One of a few books I didn't finish, but feel I read enough of to qualify for this list. (See my "read-about-half-and-then-quit" bookshelf.) A concise, fascinating look at Islamic mysticism, categorized along the four main schools. I wanted to and should have finished this one, but was young when I attempted it.
Dean
Dec 09, 2013 Dean rated it really liked it
Decent summary of Sufism, taking into account the traditionalist view (ie. as a side-product of Islam), with a few snippets of comparative religion analysis here and there. Some great quotes from respect Sufi masters of the past. Quite dense, and covers a lot in a small space.
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May 14, 2007 Rahma rated it it was amazing
One of the most comprehensive introductions to Sufism in the English language and the one that introduced me to Sufism from 'within' rather than through academic reading. Simple and inspiring.
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Martin Lings was an English writer and scholar, a student and follower of Frithjof Schuon, and Shakespearean scholar. He is best known as the author of a very popular and positively reviewed biography, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, first published in 1983 and still in print.

Lings was born in Burnage, Manchester in 1909 to a Protestant family. The young Lings gained an introduct
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