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The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi (Spiritual Masters. East & West)
There are almost no authoritative books readily available for the general reader that provide, in clear and accessible language, an introduction to the spiritual perspective illuminating Rumi's magical poetry. In this beautifully illustrated work, William C. Chittick, a leading scholar of Sufism and Rumi, opens doors that give us access to the inner sanctum of Rummi's thou ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by World Wisdom Books
(first published June 16th 2005)
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An absolutely gorgeous text, but definitely not for beginners. It's not meant to be an 'introduction to Sufism' text by any means. You should probably read Lings, other Chittick books, Al-Ghazali, some Ibn Arabi, and some meditations before you pick up this text, because there are a lot of rather esoteric terms and contexts that aren't explained very well in this particular text - the reader is expected to already know about them. You'd be better served reading other books about Sufism - like th ...more