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The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi by William C. Chittick
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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 the ones mentioned - so you'd have some idea about those ideas and concepts before you get to this one. This text also includes tons of poems from the Mathnawi, and also the Rabaiyyat.
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